July 30, 2009
In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” the Associated Press reports. “The Illinois Army National Guard says training with the new Armored Security Vehicles will start Thursday and run through Sunday.”
Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker said that people shouldn’t be afraid when they see the armored vehicles on the road.
No, they shouldn’t be afraid — they need to let the idea sink in that it is normal for armed troops to be on the streets. After they get used to military vehicles on the roads, they will need to get accustomed to military checkpoints like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before “everything changed,” that is before the government used a bogus terror attack to increase the militarization of society, the military restricted its testing of equipment to bases and proving grounds.
Now they want you to understand you live in a banana republic.