19APR2014: SLOW DOWN OR GO DEAF BY SOUND CANNONS IN MISSOURI


SLOW DOWN OR GO DEAF IN MISSOURI! 

(PoliceStateUSA) – MISSOURI — A military sound weapon called the LRAD is trickling its way into domestic agencies across the country.  Its latest application will be for use against drivers on Missouri’s highways.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has purchased two Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) with the intent of deploying them near work zones.  The idea is to penetrate nearby vehicles with an overwhelmingly shrill sound to supposedly get them to slow down.

LRAD's American debut at the Pittsburgh G-20.  (Source: Flickr / Margaretkilljoy)

Called a “safety device” by the local media, the LRAD is most famous for use against civilians overseas during military operations.  Its 153 dB sound waves are so powerful that they cause bystanders to reel in pain, clutch their ears, and run away.

Carl Gruenler, a former Vice President of American Technology Corporation (which later became LRAD Corporation) said that the device will produce instant headaches, permanent hearing damage, and that “you definitely don’t want to be” within 100 meters of the device.  Of course, that was said in 2004, before the company began marketing its weapons to domestic government agencies.

Since then, the LRAD was being delivered to local law enforcement agencies throughout the USA; many through federal grants aimed at militarizing police.  By 2009, the LRAD was dramatically used for the first time against Americans, when police mounted it on their armored vehicles and used it to disperse unwelcome protesters in Pittsburgh during the G-20 Summit.

MoDOT employee Michele Compton elaborates: “The sound easily penetrates the windshield and well-insulated cab of a car, even overriding the vehicle’s engine sounds and a radio turned up loud enough to jam to tunes at highway speeds.”

Its unclear if this is method may have unintended consequences, such as frightening drivers and impairing their driving abilities.

The reason we’re seeing more LRAD purchases does not appear to be done out of actual necessity.  Car accidents inside construction zones are already rare, and fatalities are minimal.  According to the Federal Highway Administration, accidents in work zones make up only 1.6% of the total number of vehicular crashes.  In a study of five states, the majority (72.2%) of work zone crashes led to property damage only, and only 0.7% of work zone crashes were fatal.

Is spending taxpayer money on more LRADs actually warranted?  Or, are these expensive gadgets being ordered all over the country because the LRAD Corporation is skillful at lobbying politicians, convincing them to order more of their expensive gadgets — in turn militarizing agencies across the country with unneeded equipment?  With the recent conclusion of “tax season,” how do taxpayers feel about their hard earned money being spent on sound-cannons?

Read Original: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/lrad-vs-speeders/

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14FEB2014: U.S. Army Builds ‘Fake City’ in Virginia to Practice Military Occupation


 

The Army Built a Fake City in Virginia to Train Its Troops

Martial law training? 300 acre town includes sports stadium, school, underground subway

(Paul Joseph Watson) – The U.S. Army has built a 300 acre ‘fake city’ complete with a sports stadium, bank, school, and an underground subway in order to train for unspecified future combat scenarios.

The recently opened site is located in Virginia and was built at a cost of $96 million dollars, taking just two years to complete.

While the city was ostensibly built to prepare U.S. troops for the occupation of cities abroad, some will undoubtedly fear that the real intention could be closer to home. Although the site includes a mosque, the town looks American in every other way, with signs in English.

The fact that, as the Telegraph reports, “The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC,” could suggest that the site was built to double both as a foreign city and a mock domestic town.

According to Colonel John P. Petkosek, “This is the place where we can be creative, where we can come up with solutions for problems that we don’t even know we have yet….This is where we’ll look at solutions for the future–material solutions and non-material solutions…anything from how you’re going to operate in a subterranean environment to how you dismount a Humvee to avoid an IED strike.”

The increasing demonization of domestic political groups as extremists has prompted numerous scenarios where commentators have suggested that U.S. Army and National Guard personnel could be needed to quell civil unrest.

In 2012, an academic study about the future use of the military as a peacekeeping force within the United States written by a retired Army Colonel depicted a shocking scenario in which the U.S. Army is used to restore order to a town that has been seized by Tea Party “insurrectionists”.

The study dovetailed with a leaked U.S. Army manual which revealed plans for the military to carry out “Civil Disturbance Operations” during which troops would be used domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans on U.S. soil during mass civil unrest.

The manual also describes how prisoners will be processed through temporary internment camps under the guidance of U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations, which outlines how internees would be “re-educated” into developing an “appreciation of U.S. policies” while detained in prison camps inside the United States.

Fort Hood soldiers are also being taught by their superiors that Christians, Tea Party supporters and anti-abortion activists represent a radical terror threat, mirroring rhetoric backed by the Department of Homeland Security which frames “liberty lovers” as domestic extremists.

Last year, former Navy SEAL Ben Smith warned that the Obama administration is asking top brass in the military if they would be comfortable with disarming U.S. citizens, a litmus test that includes gauging whether they would be prepared to order NCOs to fire on Americans.

During a recent Ohio National Guard exercise, second amendment proponents were portrayed as domestic terrorists as part of a mock disaster drill.

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20JAN2013: Richland SC deputies/military carry out secretive joint exercise – No Reporters Allowed


NO REPORTERS ALLOWED – OH MY

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(Brandon Turbeville via Daily Sheeple) – In keeping with the ever increasing trend of military and law enforcement cooperation and the growing prevalence of civilian police forces conducting drills with military forces, South Carolina’s Richland County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be engaging in joint training exercises on Monday and Tuesday with unidentified units from Ft. Bragg.

The exercises are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday and will run up to midnight on both days and will take place largely in Lower Richland, near Eastover and Hopkins.

Exercises are also planned for the areas of Screaming Eagle Rd. near Elgin and North Richland County very close to outbound Monticello Road.

Beyond this information, however, very little else is known about the upcoming shadowy training exercises. That is, except for the fact that they may be very loud and possibly alarming to the local residents unprepared for or uninformed of them.

According to the State newspaper, reporters will not be allowed to “view or participate” in the exercise.

Clearly, simulated combat will be a part of the drill due to the fact that residents are being told not to be alarmed by the sound of gunfire or “ordinance.”

According to the Sheriff’s Department press release, “Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordinance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel.”

The release also stated that the exercise was being held “Due to Sheriff Leon Lott’s longstanding commitment to making sure that deputies are trained and prepared for every event and potential threat and his desire to assist the military to ensure their preparations.”

It is worth noting that Ft. Bragg hosts some of the U.S. Army’s more elite units such as Special Forces as well as more elite airborne and aviation support units.

Ft. Bragg is also home to the elite Delta Force.

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/upcoming-military-drill-off-limits-to-reporters_012014#sthash.yibdK7ON.dpuf

ALSO read: http://www.thestate.com/2014/01/19/3216402/richland-deputies-us-military.html

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11Jan2014: “Operation Coastal Response” drill to allegedly unite civilian and military units


FYI – more post-Katrina disaster drills coming up…

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Photo: Black Hawk Formation

By Charles Swenson | Coastal Observer

Public and private emergency services in Georgetown and Horry counties will conduct a large scale disaster drill in a joint exercise with military units next month. Operation Coastal Response will involve dozens of local and state agencies. The joint military exercise, Palmetto Thunder, will involve hundreds of troops in emergency response training that will include construction of a bridge to Sandy Island.

Among the most noticeable aspects of the drill, planned for Feb. 1, will be the state helicopter rescue team that will fly a pair of Black Hawk helicopters from Waccamaw Middle School for training exercises on the Waccamaw River.

“We’re going to be pulling everybody together,” said Cindy Grace, the Emergency Management coordinator for Georgetown County. “We’re making sure that our plans are working.”

The project originated with a training exercise mandated for the Myrtle Beach airport. The Horry County Emergency Management Office got involved and they recruited their colleagues in Georgetown County, Grace said. She and Sam Hodge, the county Emergency Management director, have been working on the project since last summer.

The military was invited to bring its Palmetto Thunder operation into the scenario.

“We want to make sure we can communicate,” Grace said. “We’re testing our equipment. We’re testing our personnel.

The S.C. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team likes to keep its training operations low-key. But with a pair of Black Hawk helicopters running continuous missions for five and a half hours from the ballfield at Waccamaw Middle School, that might not be possible.

The 42-member team will fly into the school the night before the exercise after a day of training at Bucksport, where the headquarters for Operation Coastal Response will be set up. They’ll spend the night in the gym, then start training at 9 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., “there should always be an aircraft in the air,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sean Reynolds, one of the team’s pilots. “We will minimize the noise as much as possible.”

The flight path will take the Black Hawks, part of the S.C. Army National Guard Aviation Unit, around the Reserve Club and other portions of Willbrook Plantation. But they will be flying low, Reynolds said.

The rescue team was formed in 2009 after Hurricane Katrina highlighted the need for helicopters to be able to rescue flood victims. “We are an all-hazard response,” said Dan McManus, the assistant state fire marshal and a member of the team.

He likens the team to a 911 responder for emergency services. It has been placed on standby nine times in four years and flown three rescue missions. It conducted training in the Waccamaw River in July 2010. The river’s current provides a good simulation for floodwaters.

“We like coming to the coast in January,” McManus said. “Although the water’s cold, it’s good for training.”

It’s a time when the operation won’t interfere with tourists and boat traffic on the river.

The 30 rescue swimmers training “will be approaching hypothermia every time they complete an event,” Reynolds said. They will warm up in the school media center then head back to the river.

The Georgetown County School Board got a briefing on the helicopter rescue exercise this week. That prompted a question from Board Member Richard Kerr: “Is it possible to watch?”

“We try to keep this as low-key as possible,” Reynolds said. “If we advertise it too much, there will be so many people at the event.”

But he acknowledged that the Black Hawks do draw a crowd. During down-time from the training missions, the team members try to offer tours of the aircraft and explain the unit’s mission, Reynolds said.

That was good news to Alan Pritchard, the media specialist at Waccamaw High who is advisor to WASA, the Waccamaw Association of Space and Aviation.

“We’d like to be there, of course,” he said.

Grace, the county Emergency Management coordinator, said the public will have an opportunity to watch some of the exercises. Horry County has been recruiting volunteer “victims” for an airplane crash at Myrtle Beach.

“We know folks will show up everywhere we’re having exercises,” Grace said.

Organizers will make sure the public realizes it’s only a drill. “Safety will be important,” she said.

Operation Coastal Response will also involve Midway and Murrells Inlet-Garden City fire and rescue, the sheriff’s office, public works, schools, hospitals and non-profits.

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21OCT2013: Active shooter exercises prepare Academy Airmen, cadets for potential threats


(USAFA) – For the thousands of cadets, personnel and senior leaders who participate in the active shooter exercises at the Academy, the training goes far beyond satisfying a military requirement.

Paul Ceciliani, an Academy antiterrorism program officer, said the program’s active shooter education and procedures help prepare the base populous for a potential threat, enhance partnerships with off-base responders and increase people’s awareness levels and personal safety whether they’re on or off the installation.

“The response options we exercise (to evacuate, lockdown or take action) you can take anywhere,” he said. “Whether you’re at a movie theater or in a shopping mall, these responses could make a difference when it comes to saving your life or the lives of others in an active shooter situation.”

The last base-wide active shooter exercise here occurred April 4 and included El Paso County Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiators who communicated with the barricaded shooter in the scenario.

“Over 10,000 people here went into lockdown,” Ceciliani said. “We also wanted to exercise our off-base response capability – making sure off-base responders understood where to go and how they integrate into our emergency plans.”

Ceciliani said once people reach a safe location during a lockdown, whether during an exercise or actual crisis, people should call 911 immediately.

“We want people to call as soon as possible to get a police response in motion and to alert the base that something potentially bad is happening,” he said. “We want police to be able to quickly take out a shooter and allow medical responders to treat victims as soon as possible.”

Read More: http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123367611

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04OCT2013: Border Patrol Loaning Predator Drones to Military, State, and Local Police


Border Patrol Loaning Predator Drones to Military, State, and Local Police

(Eff.org) – Customs & Border Protection released a new list to EFF this week that details the extensive number of times that the agency has flown its Predator drones on behalf of other agencies—500 flights in total over a three-year period. This list shows, yet again, how little we know about drone flights in this country and how important it is that we place limits on drone use to protect Americans’ privacy rights.

EFF obtained the list of federal, state and local agencies as a result of our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the agency. Not only does the list show the total number of flights by year between 2010 and 2012, but it shows CBP flew its drones over 100 times just for Department of Justice components including FBI, DEA and US Marshals. This is in direct contradiction to a recently released DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report (pdf) that stated DHS had flown its drones on only two occasions for DOJ law enforcement components.

We discussed some of the other agencies that benefited from CBP’s Predators in a previous post, but some agencies on the list are new. These include the Grand Forks SWAT, the North Dakota Narcotics Task Force, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Minnesota Drug Task Force, and several branches of the military.

The list also includes several county sheriff’s departments. However, CBP has refused to release the names of these agencies, arguing in a recent court filing that to do so would disclose secret law enforcement techniques and would somehow “reveal that CBP is aware of the illegal activities taking place in a particular location.” It’s hard to fathom how releasing the name of a county sheriff department—without any other information about the drone flight for that department—would somehow let the criminals in the area know they’re being watched and help them evade detection.

Even after all the attention drone surveillance has garnered in the US, CBP has yet to establish rules for its drone flights that would protect Americans’ privacy rights. In the report on the DOJ’s drone use, the Inspector General severely chastised DOJ for similarly failing to implement privacy-protecting rules—and for willfully failing to recognize that drone surveillance raises privacy issues different from surveillance with manned aircraft. The OIG recognized what EFF has been saying all along—that the advanced technological capabilities of drones, their low operational costs as compared to manned aircraft, and their ability to conduct “pervasive tracking of an individual’s movements” whether on “public or private property “ raise “unique concerns about privacy and the collection of evidence.”

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