The National Guard Stands Down On "Invasion" Of Iowa Town But Military Urban Warfare Exercises in La., Va. Go On As Planned

2-22-09

“Psssst, if you believe the official reasons for this town’s scheduled four day invasion by National Guard troops I have some beachfront property to sell ya in Arizona and the price is just right!”

Honestly, are the people of America this naive?

The Army National Guard had plans to invade tiny Arcadia Iowa under the pretense of training the members for deployment in an urban environment. The plan called for literally taking over the small town searching citizen’s homes and vehicles under the guise of tracking down a suspected “arms dealer.” The soldiers were to go through the homes of volunteers (why do I have the strangest feeling that if someone didn’t volunteer a search of their home their name would mysteriously wind up on a list for later down the road) opening cabinets, closet doors, snooping through yard sheds (noting any gun safes observed) etc. and basically looking for indications that the sought after “arms dealer” may have been lingering somewhere on the premises.

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Worldnetdaily recently reported on this story,

The exercise was designed as a mock scenario to give soldiers the skills needed for deployment in an urban environment, and military officials stressed that only households that consented to be part of the drill would be searched.

“It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia,” Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company, told Carroll’s Daily Times Herald. “We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing.

“We really want to get as much information out there as possible,” Kots continued, “because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia.”

Pretty intrusive? Yeah I would say a four day military assault on one of this nation’s towns including road blocks, home and vehicle searches and citizen detentions via mock crowd control measures would be just a bit intrusive no matter the level of civilian cooperation as not everybody in town is going to want to go along with the program.

“One of the techniques we use in today’s political environment is cordon and knock,” Kots explained. “We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner’s body language and position to protect him.”

The planned drill had also included overhead supervision from a Blackhawk helicopter, crowd-control measures and simulated extraction of “injured” people, culminating in capture of the “arms dealer.”

“This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit,” said Kots. “And it will hopefully improve the public’s understanding of military operations.”

Has there been a strong demand from the American public expressing the desire to “understand military operations” in their neighborhoods that I may have missed?

I believe many of us are well aware of the Posse Comitatis and Insurrection Acts but these may not apply in the case of the National Guard under orders of a state Governor, OR when the president invokes an executive order proclaiming martial law.

Earlier this month about 150 U.S. troops from the U.S. Special Operations Command began a military “exercise” in and around New Orleans ripping around at 10 o’clock at night in low flying helicopters and simulating bomb blasts!

Residents in and around New Orleans have been hearing the sounds of low-flying helicopters and what sounds like bomb blasts over the past few nights, but the sounds are part of a training exercise for some of America’s elite military troops.

At one Lakefront home, Gigi Burk normally hears her son, 6-year-old Beau, practicing the piano, but last night she heard something much different at around 10 p.m.

“I said, oh my God! They’re bombs. That’s what I thought it was, somebody dropping bombs,” Burk said.

Burk said she panicked, not knowing why she was hearing what sounded like explosions and low-flying helicopters.

Notice in the video the how the newsgal says that people have been hearing the sounds of low flying helicopters and what sounds like bomb blasts but they “should not be alarmed.” What? You are sitting on the couch watching a movie and all of a sudden World War III breaks out in the neighborhood but don’t worry, it’s just a training exercise designed to train our best and brightest for urban combat….in this country!

In January some 2,200 Marines ran another of these so called urban warfare exercises in Richmond Virginia using the same tactics of the low flying helicopters and military personnel swarming civilian neighborhoods.

No, war hasn’t broken out over the Richmond region. But war games have.

About 2,200 Marines from the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit today are starting more than two weeks of urban warfare training in the Richmond area.

Using Fort Pickett near Blackstone as a base for their operations, the Marines will conduct a so-called realistic urban training exercise until Jan. 24.

Some of the training will be conducted in populated areas off the base, involving about 80-100 Marines and lasting about two hours. Residents who live near the locations of the off-base training will be alerted before the events.

The Marines said residents may see or hear helicopters flying in the area today as pilots familiarize themselves with the area. Tomorrow, the pilots will practice landing in designated landing zones throughout the region.

Is this training for foreign urban conflict or domestic population indoctrination in preparation for military intervention due to civil unrest caused by yet another government manufactured “crisis?”

We have plenty of expansive military bases all over this country that are very well suited for this type of activity. I know, I lived next to one for a decade and they had a specific area built up as an urban environment and training took place there often, with military personnel dressed up and acting like the indigenous people of the country we were in conflict with at the time.

These types of training exercises need to be conducted on military bases period. There is no reason for the Marines or National Guard troops to be setting off explosions, throwing up roadblocks or searching citizens homes and vehicles in our cities and towns. Our military troops have had the support of this country’s citizens for over two centuries and we should hope that these men and women would reject out of hand any effort by anyone to order them to initiate any action towards their fellow citizens.

Tinfoil hat time? Nope, this stuff has been in the pipeline for years and many other countries are going through or are planning for some serious civil unrest due to the economic conditions around the world. Apparently, so are we.

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