Military Forces Seen Operating In U.S. Cities With Growing Frequency

Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno

Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno, who recently penned an article in Foreign Affairs, published by the Council of Foreign Relations, an organization well known for having its hand in the economic, financial, social, military and political policies of every developed nation on Earth.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) proposes that the U.S. Army be used to plan, command, and carry out (with the help of civilian law enforcement) domestic police missions…the CFR would see the Army used to address “challenges in the United States itself” in order to keep the homeland safe from domestic disasters, including terrorist attacks.

Odierno writes:

Where appropriate we will also dedicate active-duty forces, especially those with niche skills and equipment, to provide civilian officials with a robust set of reliable and rapid response options.

The head of the U.S. military has outlined the intentions of our government, military, and international community for future deployment in what’s shaping up to be America’s next theater of operations – the domestic front.

With the passage of recent legislation that allows for the detention of American citizens without charge or trial, a stifling of freedom to protest at events of “national significance”, the expansion of terror definitions, and a new executive order that authorizes martial law and military deployment at any time the President deems necessary, it should be obvious that it is only a matter of time before tanks and soldiers are deployed on the streets of America.

Indeed, in a move that many have seen as yet another sign of the continued push towards martial law and the normal use of troops on the streets of America, the U.S. Army was seen “training” throughout St. Louis in late June, complete with hundreds of heavily armored military vehicles driving through St Louis neighborhoods.

The exercise, part of a program to train military police to drive heavily armored vehicles through highways and city streets, has drawn widespread criticism throughout the alternative media.

In an initial report by a local corporate news outlet that was prompted by hundreds of calls from concerned citizens who had, in a scene more reminiscent of North Korea than a supposed free country, seen the military rolling through their neighborhood, the media simply told the citizens to not be alarmed.

In April of this year, black military helicopters buzzed skyscrapers and high rise buildings in downtown Chicago, in what has been described as an urban training exercise.

Witnesses reported at least three Blackhawk helicopters flying in close formation, then separately, around offices and residential buildings for several hours.

Several smaller A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopters were also seen circling close to the Chicago River. The choppers are often used by military special forces.

Witnesses described seeing three or four military personnel hanging out of each of the helicopters brandishing automatic weapons.

According to The city’s Office of Emergency Management, Chicago is the site of an urban military exercise all week. In a statement, OMEC added that it was part of routine training and in no way related to the NATO summit in Chicago.

The exact same scenario was played out in Los Angeles for a full week in January, with huge Black Hawk helicopters seen hovering over the US bank building and The Staples Center, along with four of the smaller OH-6 choppers.

A statement issued at the time by the LAPD, announced that the covert exercises were “designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements.”

Also in April, fully armed troops were photographed walking through neighborhood streets in Crookston, MN.  The photo shown above was taken by a private citizen in the city of Crookston, MN from the front porch of her suburban home.  What was actually going on that morning was a “training exercise” involving soldiers serving in the Minnessota National Guard patrolling a quiet neighborhood that probably isn’t that different from your own.

In May, residents of Coconut Grove, FL were awakened around 1:45 a.m. by the sound of military choppers that later dropped rappelling soldiers onto the abandoned Grand Bay Hotel’s rooftop.  Some local citizens watched soldiers fire off flares and smoke bombs before searching floor by floor through the darkened hotel, their paths marked by flashlights and the pop-pop-pop of gunshots.

The maneuvers were part of a “realistic urban training” exercise for about 100 military personnel, and organized by the U.S. Special Operations Command, said Maj. Michael Burns, a U.S. Army spokesman. The exercise also included three military helicopters, and the use of simulated explosions and gunfire to mimic real-life military scenarios.

Miami police assisted in overseeing the exercises — but they were instructed to keep quiet about the exercises beforehand, for security reasons. The police also blocked off roads around the Grand Bay during the exercise, Muir said.

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

In 2008 The Pentagon announced plans to deploy a 20,000 strong internal troop force inside the continental United States (CONUS) that was set to be trained by 2011, thus dovetailing into the current troop and equipment movements around the country reported by truckers as well as many more troop sightings by everyday citizens.

Interestingly enough, this plan directly correlates with a 2009, Army funded, Rand Corporation study that called for an internal United States police force to combat civil unrest.

Many of the alternative media outlets are warning that these “training exercises” are a prelude to a government declaration of martial law.  It has also been said that if the American public sees the military operating in their cities and towns enough, they’ll just get used to it.

All the “conspiracy theories” aside, Americans should never get used to seeing the military patroling our city streets and above all never get comfortable with it.

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