January 31, 2013
On Wednesday the residents of Galveston, Texas, endured what folks in Houston and Miami did earlier this week – an “urban warfare” exercise conducted by the U.S. military.
“If you hear a lot of loud noises in Galveston tonight, it’s probably part of a military training exercise,” KTRK-TV in Houston reported. “According to the Galveston County Daily News, the Army is using the old jail on 17th Street for a night drill in urban warfare.”
Around 80 soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in coordination with local law enforcement violated Posse Comitatus on Wednesday night, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“We were invited by the city of Galveston to conduct joint training exercises to enhance the effectiveness of both services in order to better protect the residents of Galveston,” Sgt. 1st Class Michael Noggle, an Army spokesman based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, told the newspaper.
How Galveston residents alarmed by noisy military maneuvers are “better protected” by the mini-invasion was not explained. Is it possible the Pentagon and the bureaucrats who “invited” the Army are worried about al-Qaeda’s navy showing up at the Port of Galveston?
“The purpose of the realistic urban training is to give our Special Operators an opportunity to hone their skills in a controlled, but unfamiliar, realistic urban environment that cannot be replicated with the bare-boned facades found on military installation ranges,” he wrote in an email.
As we have noted on numerous occasions, these increasingly frequent military exercises in coordination with local cops and officialdom are less about training in urban settings “that cannot be replicated with the bare-boned facades found on military installation ranges” then they are about acclimating citizens to the prospect of combat soldiers in their midst.
Incidentally, KTRK-TV reported that “the Army and Houston police apologized for not giving advance warning of a joint training exercise in southeast Houston” earlier in the week.