Big city military drills becoming “normal” across America

Police and military are conducting scary drills that involve firing blanks in schools and downtown areas. ThinkProgress.com reports, “Students at a high school in Illinois experienced a uniquely terrifying school shooting drill on [January 30]. Instead of conducting a regular school lockdown, Cary-Grove High School administrators simulated gunfire by shooting off blanks in the hallways while students locked their classroom doors, pulled the curtains, and hid.” TV stations in Houston & Miami are reporting of military drills that involved military helicopters and gunfire.

In Miami, “a Black Hawk helicopter flew over the [downtown] area. According to Miami Police, it was part of a military drill, simulating an attack in an urban community. Miami was specifically chosen for the simulation.” WSVN-TV in Miami reported, “Police were unable to disclose specifics about what agencies were involved, but they said the drills were done at night for the public’s safety.” Miami Police Commander Delrish Moss said, “the reason they were done at night, and the reason they were done in the later hours is because we are trying to minimize disruption to traffic, minimize safety concerns.” He also said the drills will continue and cites security concerns as the reason for the secrecy.

The drill in Houston involved several agencies taking over an old high school building. KTRK-TV reported (full video), “There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds.” Frances Jerrals who lives near the area said, “When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst. I felt like I was in a warzone.”

Parents of students from the Cary-Grove High School in suburban Chicago received a letter that read, “These drills help our students and staff to be prepared should a crisis occur, but it may cause some students to have an emotional reaction.” Protecting children was viewed as a reason for the drills in Houston as well. Glenn DeWitt from Houston said, “If it’s to protect our kids, I’m all for it.”

I’m reminded of the quote from Benjamin Franklin, “those who would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

I certainly don’t like the idea of military and police conducting drills in populated areas and it disturbs me that more people aren’t outraged!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1701208185 Nanna Kratzer

    After the tragedy in Conneticut why in the hell would they pull this stunt? Something is smelling…and then they wonder why people think Connecticut was a staged drill of some kind. Very weord.

    • wen

      to me what is even more smelly is when asked about the drills in florida they said “yes we are conducting drills and the rest is classified” now that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

  • JEDECKERT

    Creepy.

    Let them overstep and try to take over, we’ll see just how prepared they are when a bunch of high school kids are out there fighting back.

  • mcetcher

    There are numerous connections between the recent rash of identical (international) drills in, Houston, Miami, Galveston, Chicago, Harrisburg, Hamilton, Windsor, Portland, Minneapolis, and Boston. Please watch:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrQQh58j88E

    Thank you kindly