January 28, 2013

Relax. It's Only a Drill: Machine gun fire from military helicopters flying over downtown Miami

"Police say they have only the public's safety at heart which is why this happens at night. They want us to tell you, again, it is just a military training exercise."

Look at it this way: In the camps we won’t have to worry about obesity.

[HT: Blur Brain]

UPDATE: Houston's in on the act too. Do you see or hear helicopters? Army training exercise happening on Houston's south side | abc13.com HT: Don Sensing

So remember, like they say in Houston: "If you see the helicopters or hear gunfire, it’s only a drill."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 28, 2013 9:35 AM
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I struggle to imagine an explanation for joint police and military exercises on U.S. soil that does *not* violate the Constitution, various laws, the very nature of what it means to be free, and common sense.

Bueller? Anyone?

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at January 28, 2013 10:17 AM

Many years ago Roy Scheider did a movie called "Blue Thunder," which was about a police helicopter gunship. I remember laughing at the very notion of the cops needing anything like that.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 28, 2013 10:22 AM

What happens when the people who don't know it's a 'drill' start firing back, I wonder?

Posted by: Jewel at January 28, 2013 10:33 AM

Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser...

Posted by: Richard at January 28, 2013 10:58 AM

The police are for all purposes military as it is.
Don't believe me, take the "Cop or Solider" quiz.
http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=cop-soldier

Posted by: Potsie at January 28, 2013 11:37 AM

The police are for all purposes military as it is.
Don't believe me? Take the "Cop or Solider" quiz.
http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=cop-soldier"

It is coming folks.

Posted by: Potsie at January 28, 2013 11:38 AM

WHISKEY TANGO FOX? Over.

Hmm, "joint police and military exercises"? I've been a cop for 28 years and we never trained with the military in order to work with the military. Why would we?

Does this mean the cops are off to Iraq, Afghanistan or Africa to work with the military?
I don't think that's going to happen.

Does it mean that our military is going to be ordered to open a big can of whup-ass on their countrymen? Seems more likely than cops being parachuted into the global war on terror.

I hope that cops and soldiers remember their oath. I will not serve evil.

We are truly living in "Interesting Times".

Posted by: RM at January 28, 2013 1:10 PM

[resisting the temptation to make tasteless Kardashian jokes]

Posted by: Rich Fader at January 28, 2013 1:54 PM

The police are not your friends and are not on your side.

If you are not doing anything wrong, you have everything to fear.

Posted by: Potsie at January 28, 2013 3:50 PM

It was also going on in Houston.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at January 28, 2013 4:02 PM

The last time I tried pinging "blanks off of the highrises" my girlfriends told me to stop. Perhaps that bathsalt face eating zombie problem down there is worse than we thought. This, the DHS buying up Millions of rounds of ammo and the West Point study on right wing extremism is all blending into a nice neat self feeding system of weird ass shit.

Posted by: Dave J at January 28, 2013 5:15 PM

Yet another sickening example of how truly dead, dead as a doornail, journalism is in this country.

Where the f--k is a reporter getting in the face of a government flack with his camera - any govt flack will do, and demanding to know exactly WHY military choppers, firing blanks, are buzzing an American city, at night.

"Joint exercises" with police. FOR WHAT PURPOSE? What are they practicing up for -- and I'm sorry Sargent Dumbass, telling citizens its "classified" doesn't cut it.

But the days of the media as a watch dog, are over, Komrades.

The reporter is like a g--d dam f--king 7th grader -- all "golly gee whiz, look at the cool choppers weaving in and out!" I couldn't watch the entire segment. Can only keep swallowing back the vomit for just so long.

The state-run media is this country's biggest enemy. Our enemy lies within. And we're losing.

Posted by: southernjames at January 28, 2013 7:02 PM

Yet another sickening example of how truly dead, dead as a doornail, journalism is in this country.

Where the f--k is a reporter getting in the face of a government flack with his camera - any govt flack will do, and demanding to know exactly WHY military choppers, firing blanks, are buzzing an American city, at night.

"Joint exercises" with police. FOR WHAT PURPOSE? What are they practicing up for -- and I'm sorry Sargent Dumbass, telling citizens its "classified" doesn't cut it.

But the days of the media as a watch dog, are over, Komrades.

The reporter is like a g--d dam f--king 7th grader -- all "golly gee whiz, look at the cool choppers weaving in and out!" I couldn't watch the entire segment. Can only keep swallowing back the vomit for just so long.

The state-run media is this country's biggest enemy. Our enemy lies within. And we're losing.

Posted by: southernjames at January 28, 2013 7:03 PM

southernjames .... the news is entertainment to sell commercials. You have to remember that. It isn't important what is going on, but how COOL it is.

That is also Channel 7 in Miami, they brought you Rick Sanchez.

Posted by: Potsie at January 28, 2013 7:55 PM

I live in Houston. I've been seeing more and more of those military helicopters in the past weeks. Yes, we're close to Ellington Field. Yes, they're always out doing this or that. But one or two or three out buzzing around on a pretty afternoon is one thing. Large groups of those things in formation is nerve-wracking. And who's coordinating all these "drills" that involve both police and military?

I'll say this - I don't like the conclusions I'm drawing about apparently disparate events.

Posted by: shoreacres at January 28, 2013 8:24 PM

Surely it's only a coincidence that this is happening just after Rick Perry floated the notion of secession.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 28, 2013 9:06 PM
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