Military honing urban battle skills during exercise in Chicago

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Lisa Simeone, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Chicago Tribune:
    Oh, goody. Let's practice how to abuse protesters and deprive them of their rights!
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why would US Military need to practice in US cities since they are prohibited by law from military actions inside the United States?
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  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member


    The immediate answer is that they're practicing to beat down protesters at the upcoming NATO summit. The philosophical answer -- well, that's a biggie. And I'm sure you and many of us here at TUG can weigh in on that.
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    When things go south in a big way, the US military is not going to fire on their own people, not any more than the Russsian Tank division sent out against a fellow Russion Boris Yeltsin in the 90's nor the Romanian military when sent against their own people in '89. Loser wannabees in DHS, maybe, but not the armed forces. Those who would give such an order will not fare terribly well either.
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I hope you're right. But hope, being the thing with feathers and all, isn't very strong.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They've been training in the U.S. for well over 200 years. Special forces have been practicing urban assaults (usually on vacant factory facilities) at least 20 years. There is nothing new here.

    This is moving to "What's on Your Mind?".
  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Blackhawk helicopters flying among skyscrapers in an American city is "nothing new"?

    Huh. Learn something new every day.
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  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The only thing odd is that it's in daylight when you can see them. Usually they show up at night.

    They strive for realistic training.
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Practicing in vacant factory facilities is a far cry from practicing in Chicago's business loop with three Blackhawk helicopters rattling windows in skyscrapers. I also wonder about the choice of Chicago given the level of surveillance in that town.
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  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Can't be as bad as having the USAF Thunderbirds rattling them (been there, seen that), albeit not as exciting.

    The location definitely is suspect, but we'll just have to wait & see what happens.
  11. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    agree. I can't see the military signing up for this kind of action anytime soon. There's NATO meeting in town, hence the military presence.
  12. Frank

    Frank Original Member

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