Minneapolis Military Drills Based Around “Confrontation Scenarios”
Black Hawk exercises continue to stir intrigue, concern
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, August 31, 2012
Minneapolis records clerk Melissa Hill tells the Star-Tribune that she fears people are being conditioned “to accept a police state” as military exercises in the city involving Black Hawk helicopters based around “confrontation scenarios” continue to stir intrigue and concern.
Asked about the exercises which have been ongoing all week in downtown Minneapolis, Hill responded, “To me it’s really frightening. Military copters flying around in our airspace in an urban setting — it kind of conditions people to accept a police state.”
As we reported on Tuesday, footage of the drills showed Black Hawk choppers hovering between skyscrapers and circling over the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.
The exercises are being run by an elite military unit based in Florida called the U.S. Special Operations Command, in coordination with Minneapolis and St. Paul police.
According to Ken McGraw, a deputy public affairs officer with the Special Operations Command, civilians have also been hired as role players to act as the “bad guys” in a situation based around confrontation scenarios, “Close-quarters battle — small-unit engagement at short ranges in confined areas, building- and room-clearing operations; dynamic entry — breaching doors or walls with explosives.”