Posted: February 4th, 2012 by Militant Libertarian
Recently, I published an article covering the January 22-26multi-agency exercises being conducted in the Los Angeles area.
As I outlined in the article, this is in fact part of a broader trend of joint military-police drills (which often include other agencies, hence the “multi-agency” label) that have been occurring across the United States.
It seems hard to ignore the fact that the armed forces of the United States are training for urban warfare, not urban warfare in the Middle East, but instead here in our own nation.
If they are planning to fight in the desert, they would train in the desert and obviously if they are going to be fighting in a metropolitan setting in the United States, they would train in an American city.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what we are witnessing: increasing amount of training in urban American environments.
The Los Angeles drill is just a microcosmic example of this, and one of the more disturbing developments is the announcement of a “mock city roughly the size of downtown San Diego” which has been erected recently at the Twentynine Palms military base.
This is located northeast of San Diego and cost the taxpayer $170 million with the intention of training American military forces to wage urban warfare.
According to the Marine Corps, the facility boasts a staggering 1,560 buildings.