Wednesday, May 9, 2012

U.S. military conducts ‘realistic urban training’ exercise in Miami

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

Miami residents were startled to hear the sound of low-flying military helicopters and explosions emanating from the abandoned Grand Bay Hotel in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It turns out that the United States military was conducting a “realistic urban training” exercise involving some 100 soldiers organized by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

This is just one of many military exercises being held on American soil in recent years, including an inter-agency exercise conducted in my local area of Los Angeles. My attempts to obtain any information on that drill were thwarted and/or ignored by the Los Angeles Police Department.

With the many military drills being conducted in urban locales, the legislative frameworks in place, as well as KBR’s “National Quick Response Teams,” the similar solicitation put out by FEMA not long ago, and the recently exposed internment and resettlement operations manual (see below video), I believe that many Americans are likely concerned about what this all means.

Jane Muir, a Miami resident who was awoken at around 1:45 AM by the din of military helicopter blades slicing through the air.

“It was quite a shocking experience,” Muir said referring to the helicopters which later dropped soldiers onto the roof of the Grand Bay Hotel, according to the Miami Herald.

“It was kind of that bizarre feeling that you were surrounded by wind,” she added.

Muir said she watched soldiers shoot flares and smoke bombs from her third floor balcony, after which they searched the hotel floor-by-floor.

“The show of force was so overwhelming,” she said, referring to the heavy gunfire and aggressive tactics she witnessed.

Major Michael Burns, a spokesperson for the U.S. Army said that the exercise involved around 100 military personnel, three military helicopters, and the use of so-called simulated explosions and gunfire.

“They have to train in a realistic environment,” Burns said.

“We didn’t use any real bullets,” he said in an attempt to reassure the public, although in my opinion this is far from reassuring.

Unannounced drills involving explosions and what would appear to be live fire in an urban area is hardly something which would keep the American people calm and collected.

The Miami police were told to keep quiet about the exercises until late Monday, reportedly for security reasons.

“It was the federal government’s call on what was being done. We were courteously advised,” Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff said.

This position is nothing short of insane. How can this commissioner, whose district includes Coconut Grove, honestly think that it is a courtesy for the federal government to inform the citizens of Miami that they would be conducting a potentially shocking, aggressive military drill?

This kowtowing approach is, in my opinion, disgusting. It is a fine example of just how subservient our local governments have become to federal tyranny.

If Sarnoff had anything even remotely resembling a backbone, he would say that it is the federal government’s duty to inform the people. It is courteous of Miami to allow them to conduct the exercise, not courteous of the federal government to simply inform them of the fact that they will conduct said drill.

They also reportedly oversaw the drills and blocked off the roads around the hotel during the exercise according to Muir.

Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department said that they put out a news release about the training exercise somewhere around 5 PM Monday but it was largely unnoticed.

As a result, many residents were completely unaware of the drill and called the police and city hall when they heard the explosions and witnessed the armed military helicopters flying low over their houses.

Muir was one of the likely many people who was not pleased by the surprising and frightening exercise.

“I thought it was kind of rude, to tell you the truth,” Muir said.

“One neighbor was swearing, he was so annoyed,” she added.

Burns said that the drill was carried out safely and quickly, despite all of the concerns and anxiety shared by the local residents who witnessed the event.

“It seems very high drama, but to us it’s kind of simple,” Burns said.

However, it is not very clear why they had to wait until the last moment to tell residents or why they had to give it so little attention. What kind of situation could have unfolded from citizens knowing about the drill that would put these armed soldiers‘ safety in jeopardy?

While I don’t think that the military is going to take to the streets and start slaughtering Americans left and right any time soon, I do think that people have a right to be concerned about these developments.

Furthermore, people should expect to be informed of these types of exercises well ahead of time. Springing this on people makes very little sense and could very well be psychologically damaging.

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Anonymous said...

This has to beg the question, What are they preparing for.

The military always tries to simulate the environment ahead of time before going into battle. What country that has cities developed like Miami and other major US cities?

The military is not going to be fighting in the desert for their next battle since everything seems to be geared for Urban warfare for large developed cities.

Where is the next war? When and how are they going to anounce it? Why?

Anonymous said...

All this training crap is nothing more than theater.

I mean what the hell is there to "train" for?

You send in a bunch of violent, drugged up, heavily armed quasi-humans into a city flanked by remote controlled drones, tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets, and "order" them to kill anything that's breathing.

Pretty simple, right?

This "training" serves two purposes:

1) It is to instill in the minds of the quasi-humans that make up these "kill teams", that the "real" objective isn't to kill everything that's living, but to "pacify" and "secure" the locations of interest. This is a load of crap, because as we all should know by now the moment those troops start marching down US city streets in any form of oppressive capacity, all hell is going to break loose, and the troops will be "forced to defend themselves"; which means that the REAL objective is to put the troops into a situation in which they feel that they have to "defend themselves", so that the desired bloodbath can commence. All the news outlet will sell the story that "the troops were fired on first" blah, blah, blah - think Kent State on a city wide scale (and don't forget your starter pistol). But, all the logical minded person has to do is ask one question:

'Why the hell were heavily armed troops marching up and down US city streets in the first place?...'

...the answer to which brings me to reason number two for these "training" exercises.

2) To display the masters' willingness to unleash their attack dogs on the uppity serf population. The bankers see that the population is becoming extremely aware and fed up with their detrimental influence on all things living (and dead), so this is their not to subtle way of telling everyone to get back in their slave pens, and quietly close and lock the gates behind themselves.


Those that open the gates to oblivion become its occupants. The bankers and their many associates are indeed guilty of such a crime, and no amount of heavily armed quasi-humans flanked by remote controlled drones, tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets will save them from what HAS TO HAPPEN.

This has nothing to do with what's 'desired'. This has everything to do with what's 'REQUIRED'.

Anonymous said...

HARDIN, Mont. (CBS/AP) This is the strange story of how American Police Force, a little known company which claims to specialize in training military and security forces overseas, has seemingly taken control of a $27 million, never-used jail, and a rural Montana town's nonexistent police force.

After arriving in this tiny city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a police department that has never existed, representatives of the obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin's jail, which has no prisoners.
But the company's flashy arrival this week stirred new questions. The logo on the black Mercedes SUVs said "City of Hardin Police Department."
Yet the city has not had a police force of its own for 30 years.

Anonymous said...

how do we know it was training and not cover for a real op?

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you all for your enlightening comments and open-mindedness. the crap that is going on is most disconcerting. and they began awhile ago--right? what the blank ever it is--it is bee ess!

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