Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
A joint drill between military and police in South Florida involving troops storming a building in the middle of the night was characterized by local media coverage not as a frightening example of how Americans are being acclimatized to accept a state of martial law but as a ‘cool tourist story’.
Panic-stricken residents in Coconut Grove were awoken at 1am to the sound of simulated gunfire and explosions as military helicopters hovered over buildings and dispatched troops to the ground.
The Department of Defense drills prompted a deluge of 911 calls, but instead of asking why the military is terrifying American citizens on U.S. soil with drills designed to acclimate the public to accept martial law, local news station WSVN-TV framed the incident as a ‘cool tourist story’.
“Miami police assisted in overseeing the exercises â€” but they were instructed to keep quiet about the exercises until late Monday, for security reasons. The police also blocked off roads around the Grand Bay during the exercise,” reports the Miami Herald.
UPDATE: It’s worth emphasizing the fact that this case is not in isolation. We have witnessed many similar incidents across the country. The whole point of not adequately warning residents and waking them up in the middle of the night is for shock value and to acclimate them to the new way of things – military involvement in domestic law enforcement in partnership with police as part of the new “homeland patrols” announced by the Washington Post that started last year.