1.) The following is from: [ http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/324989/3/US-Army-training-in-St-Louis ] June 21, 2012:
U.S. Army training in St. Louis
10:35 PM, Jun 21, 2012
WATCH KSDK VIDEO REPORT HERE: [ http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1701255554001 ]
St. Louis (KSDK) — St. Louis City residents should not be alarmed if they see military vehicles in their neighborhoods.
The U.S. Army is conducting training in St. Louis June 21-28.
Police said residents in the police department’s sixth district may be most likely to see the vehicles. The sixth district includes neighborhoods in north St. Louis.
The vehicles will be like the one in the above photo.
2.) The following is from: [ http://www.alt-market.com/articles/866-military-tanks-on-st-louis-streetsbut-why ] June 23, 2012:
Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets…But Why?
I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a “training exercise”, makes very little sense to me. U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis? I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops? Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.
On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity. Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject. Both state that they think the exercise is a “great idea”, because having the military on the streets would help to “reduce crime”:
I suspect that the news affiliate did not go out of its way to get any counter-opinions, even though they admitted to being contacted by those voicing concerns over martial law.
Even so, it’s sad and simultaneously terrifying that there are plenty of mindless dupes out there who do not understand the dangers of the Army crossing the Rubicon and acting in a civil law enforcement capacity, never mind that they are completely ignorant of the fact that it violates the Posse Comitatus Act. One of the interviewees even points out that in some countries they don’t use police at all; only military. This is true. We call those countries “tyrannies”…
Add to the mix the reality that the DOD refuses to respond to any further inquiries by the press concerning details of the training, and you get yet another suspicious instance of behavior on the part of the establishment that seems preparatory for domestic action. I believe that the high frequency at which these activity reports have been coming in over the past year is certainly cause for alarm…
3.) The following is from: [ http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/17510860/blackhawks-circle-low-through-chicago-skies-as-secret-service-releases-security-details-20120417 ] July 10, 2012:
Blackhawks circle low through Chicago skies as Secret Service releases security details
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:53 AM MDT Updated: Apr 17, 2012 8:57 AM MDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 10 2012 1:42 PM EDT2012-07-10 17:42:45 GMTJul 10, 2012 11:42 AM MDT
CHICAGO (FOX Chicago News) -Blackhawks and A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopters used by special forces circling low through downtown Chicago skies made for a scary scene along the Chicago River, as they rattled windows flying among the city’s skyscrapers.
The training exercise comes as the city found out some of the details of what the Secret Service wants for security at next month’s summit at McCormick Place.
FOX Chicago News has their terror prevention shopping list, courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Portable high security barriers
- Crowd control barriers
- 10-12 portable light towers
- Sandbags, port-a-potties
- Mobile offices
- 5-10 golf carts
The Chicago Tribune reports that the most traffic for NATO dignitaries will be between McCormick place and downtown hotels in the Loop, River North and the Gold Coast.
Fifty heads of state will attend, with delegates, and will be moving multiple times each day.
FOX Chicago News viewers called in, describing men with automatic weapons, hanging out of helicopters.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Monday announced that Chicago is the site of a military training exercise this week involving personnel and at least three helicopters.
But the bland press release from City Hall did nothing to prepare folks for the jarring scene that unfolded Monday evening.
“It was frightening,” Jessica Hill said. “I was definitely alarmed.”
At least three Blackhawk helicopters flying at time in close order formation – at other times separating fairly widely – zoomed around office and residential towers for several hours.
“I was pretty amazed,” Felise Llano said, “because they were definitely military.”
Witnesses described three to four very heavily armed men in each chopper. Several said some of the men appeared to be tethered and were at times literally hanging out of the choppers, and looked ready to jump.
Calling it routine training, city officials said in a statement such exercises are conducted by military personnel in various cities around the country. They say the exercises are designed to improve the military’s ability to operate in urban environments.
Emergency management officials said the training sites have been selected to minimize the impact on residents’ daily routines.
The timing of the drills led some to wonder if they’re in preparation for next month’s NATO summit.
But officials said that the summit and the drills are unrelated.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
[ ***Please see my separate heading on “Creepy Technology” for explorations of this line of thought. ]