Over the last several months, U.S. troops and equipment have been seen operating in several cities, often without any warning. Residents awake in terror to the sight of Black Hawk helicopters buzzing over their neighborhoods and even to the sounds of gunfire.
On Monday, troops suddenly took over an abandoned high school, in what was described as a "multi-agency training drill," frightening the life out of many Houston residents.
With military helicopters flying above her southeast Houston neighborhood, Frances Jerrals didn't know what to think.
"When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst," Jerrals said.
And so, she passed along her concern.
"She told me 'don't come home it sounds like we're in a war zone. Guns, shooting, helicopters flying around the house,'" Isaac Robertson Jr. said.
The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds
"I felt like I was in a warzone." Jerrals said. "It was nonstop. I was terrified."
Turns out, it was a multi-agency training drill that Jerrals wished would have come with warning.
"They could have done a better job in notifying the neighborhood," Jerrals said.
The Army did not give any details of what the training is for.
Nothing to see here folks (except for Blackhawk helicopters firing over Miami)
Last week, not only were military helicopters seen flying over Miami's downtown area, but the distinct sound of machine-gun fire could be heard and black-clad commandos were seen repelling onto rooftops.
The Miami Herald reported:
Miami-Dade police sent out a warning [last] Monday that multiple police agencies would be providing support for a joint military training exercise somewhere over Miami and elsewhere in the county. The exercise will include the use of military helicopters.
The police statement said the training locations and times “were carefully selected to minimize negatively impacting the citizens of the City of Miami/Miami-Dade County and their daily routines.”
But it also acknowledged that there would be some impact on residents.
“This is routine training conducted by military personnel designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirement,” the police statement said.
Also, last week, similar military exercises began taking place in Los Angeles.
Local CBS affiliate KCAL reported:
The Los Angeles Police Department teamed with military special operation forces Wednesday evening to conduct multi-agency tactical exercises in the skies above downtown LA.
Many questioned what was going on Wednesday night as a Black Hawk helicopter and four OH-6 choppers – or “Little Birds” – flew over the city, at one point hovering just above the US Bank building downtown and later flying low over the Staples Center as the Lakers played inside.
Someone could be seen sitting inside an open chopper with his legs hanging off the side.
Sky9 spotted the Black Hawk in the dark, making what appeared to be a drop off at a park before quickly ascending back into the air.
Throughout the exercise, the five rotorcrafts were staged at Dodgers Stadium.
The LAPD said the purpose of the training was in part to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments.
In fact, since April 2012, the U.S. military has conducted these urban exercises in St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN.; Long Branch, NJ; Laredo, TX; Boston, MA; and Chicago, IL, as well.
Additionally, earlier this month, the Ohio National Guard along with FEMA conducted a mock disaster drill, practicing their response to the potential release of a chemical, biological or radiological weapon.
However, in this case, Americans who believe they have "the right to keep and bear arms" were the target...
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