REALISTIC URBAN TRAINING is happening all over the U.S. In Miami, Florida http://www.youtube.com/watch... on January 26, 2013, Army Blackhawk helicopters swooped through the city at night, firing door-guns and chasing make-believe bad guys like something out of an action movie. The fired blanks echoed off of the buildings, scaring many residents into taking cover. The local news reported excitedly about the exercise, stating it was only a drill and for residents not to be concerned. However, there was no journalistic follow up asking hard questions. Such as, who authorized an exercise without informing the public? Why conduct this type of training in a populated U.S. city and put citizens at risk? Isn’t this a violation of Posse Comitatus? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_... No hard follow up questions were asked, and to my knowledge, have not been since.<quoted text>
You specifically say, "The question is this: What on earth is this ever-growing DHS expecting? They are literally preparing for war."
Perhaps DSH knows something that the rest of us do not. We watch you, day after day, violently criticize the US government. We listen to your propaganda which suggests that everyone should be armed to the teeth against some unspecified threat. There are dozens of homegrown "militias" organized and training. With no allegiance to anything, other than their own paranoia.
Preparedness is a part of vigilance. And DHS has not only the right, but the obligation, to be prepared.
Not even when the same exercise occurred in Houston, Texas on January 29, 2013. The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston on Monday. Alarmed residents called police and complained about gunshots and helicopters. No details were provided about the training. Watch the KTRK-TV Houston http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story... report and hear how alarmed residents responded after hearing gunshots and seeing military helicopters flying over their homes.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The same types of exercises were conducted in Galveston, Texas. The Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houst... reported The training involved about 80 soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in coordination with local law enforcement. According to Sgt. 1st Class Michael Noggle, an Army spokesman based at Fort Bragg, N.C.,“We were invited by the city of Galveston to conduct joint training exercises to enhance the effectiveness of both services in order to better protect the residents of Galveston.”
He went on to say in an email that “The purpose of the realistic urban training is to give our Special Operators an opportunity to hone their skills in a controlled, but unfamiliar, realistic urban environment that cannot be replicated with the bare-boned facades found on military installation ranges.”
I’ve highlighted a few examples, but there are more. In a search I came upon these others. Los Angeles, CA, Plainville and Worchester, Massachusetts. As reported in the other stories, residents were unaware of the drills until helicopters swooped over their neighborhoods. And here’s more: Minneapolis, MN, and this in East Saint Louis, MO. There are many more, but these links provide a foundation for further research.
I spoke with a high-ranking, military source in DHS. Preferring to remain unnamed for obvious reasons, he told me,“DHS and DOD are conducting desensitizing exercises all across the U.S.,” he paused, then added,“we’re being prepared for mass civil unrest in major U.S. cities. DOD will be expected to help – when we’re requested.”