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Friday, August 12, 2011

BRINGING THE WAR TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD


The Jamaica Plain Gazette (Boston, Massachusetts) reports today that "U.S. military commandos practiced raids in the shuttered Agassiz Elementary School last month, including a nighttime helicopter landing on the school’s roof. The elite special forces training was done without notice to nearby residents."

The exercises were top-secret training for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The 9:00 pm maneuvers were witnessed by many living in the neighborhood. “It was really scary,” said resident Sara Wermiel, whose house is just feet from the school and was bombarded by a “sandstorm” kicked up by the chopper. “It just seems nuts to me,” said Wermiel.

Wermiel said the explanation was far from clear, with officers saying that the event was “practice in case there were terrorists at the school.”

The overall purpose of training in Boston was to practice urban military operations, military spokesperson Kim Tiscione said. One reason for choosing Boston was that it is not commonly used like some other cities are, so it provides challenges for troops, she said.

“We’re from Special Operations,” Tiscione acknowledged, referring to the umbrella organization of all four military branches’ special forces. “I’m kind of being vague on purpose. It’s more of a challenge for us when people know who we are.”

Yes - we're from "Special Ops". We can do whatever we want. The message to the American people is - get used to it.

Now, was this military exercise done in the white wealthy section of Boston? No, it was held at 9:00 pm on a summer night when the nearby basketball court was full of young, likely mostly unemployed men, while others were out on the street or sitting on their door steps. This was a warning to poor and working class people. You know it was a poor and working class neighborhood because of the shuttered school. Rich white neighborhoods don't have closed schools.

This is evidence that USSOCOM is preparing for the coming revolution in America as the economy collapses. They are practicing their "special ops" tactics to land in urban neighborhoods so they can "control" uprisings. But these "exercises" also serve as warnings to the public - they have a chilling effect on those who might even think about standing up against the corporate machine.

They acknowledge that USSOCOM is not only holding these "ops" in Boston. They are doing them all across the nation - sending the same warning with each chilling raid in the dark of night. It's evident that the corporate dominated government sees the people of America as the enemy.

As usual Mr. Big uses the "terrorism thing" to justify their own offensive program of terror that is all about preparing to round up the hostiles to put us on the reservations.

This kind of stuff needs to be identified and denounced while we still can. It's fascism plain and simple.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's actually a reletively affluent neighborhood. Check it out on Google Street View, or look at average rent prices.

The "shuttered" school is indeed closed, but is in very good condition. The city of Boston even plans to drop millions of dollars into renovations, without word on what the building will be used for.

8/15/11, 1:04 PM  

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