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‘Black Helicopters’ Buzz Los Angeles, Chicago Police Establish Online ‘Neighbourhood Watch’


‘Black Helicopters’ Buzz Los Angeles, Chicago Police Establish Online ‘Neighbourhood Watch’

Unannounced ‘black helicopters’ in the night. Are they ‘ours’, or ‘theirs’?

Unidentifiable, blacked-out helicopters have been carrying out unannounced manoeuvres and exercises over the greater Los Angeles area, disconcerting residents in the area who have been monitoring the military activities and trying to figure out what is going on. In Chicago, the police are posting videos as evidence of what is transpiring in the city and seeking support in identifying the perpetrators of criminal activities.

Social media users posted videos of the military helicopters flying low over Los Angeles on Tuesday night, in some with their lights extinguished, carrying out a series of unusual manoeuvres such as circling highways, flying close to the ground and making landings on top of skyscrapers in the downtown area. In some case the small, fast helicopters flew in groups of four, flying in tight formation.

On Monday there had been reports of unusual police and city utility helicopter activity around LA’s major highways.

The helicopters that started flying over the city on Tuesday evening and into the night have been identified as most likely being MH-6 Little Birds which are usually flown by the Army’s Night Stalkers, also called the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).

Social media posts began emerging through the evening as people tried to figure out who the helicopters belonged to and what they were doing.

Numerous videos of the helicopters have been posted to Twitter.

The Drive.com’s regular correspondent, Tyler Rogoway, explained that the unidentifiable, blacked-out helicopters regularly carry out such manoeuvres practicing urban warfare techniques and anti-terrorist missions in what the Pentagon has dubbed ‘megacities’.

“In this first night of operations, the MH-6s can be seen whizzing around Downtown Los Angeles and landing and taking off from the top of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) building. Usually, four MH-6s fly from place to place at night in tight formation, with just the lead helicopter with its lights on. The crews wear night-vision goggles and use their advanced electronics to navigate precisely as a division…

There is no synthetic range that can provide a suitable training surrogate for such a demanding combat environment. So, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), better known as the Night Stalkers, skip across the United States throughout the year to major cities getting this type of training in. They are often joined by Navy SEALs, Rangers, MARSOC, and Delta Force operators that they are traditionally tasked with carrying into battle. Sometimes they even work with federal law enforcement direct action teams, like the FBI’s vaunted Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and folks from the intelligence community. This type of military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training is precisely what people are seeing over downtown Los Angeles tonight.”

Rogoway further notes that a year and a half ago the 160th SOAR carried out similar training exercises over Los Angeles involving MH-6 Little Birds and a couple of MH-60 Black Hawks, carrying out manoeuvres such as descending in unison into parking lots, flying down city streets, and in one case ‘assaulting’ a government building in Long Beach.

‘Black Helicopters’ Buzz Los Angeles, Chicago Police Establish Online ‘Neighbourhood Watch’

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The operation is part of the regular training of the elite military unit’s helicopter crews, which have carried out similar operations in major cities throughout the US including New York to Miami to Denver to Portland.

It is customary for there to be little if any warning to the public that these drills are scheduled to begin. It appears that for the US Government and the Pentagon, ‘the people’ that the military are presumably being trained to protect and defend are considered an impediment to such operations, at best. They are to be kept in the dark, defenceless, terrified and ignorant as to the scale and nature of the danger and the identity of the enemy, what is being done to combat the threat that the enemy poses, and where relatively safe refuge might be found. Or maybe, for the US Government and the Pentagon, ‘the people’ are the threat?

A bleak training video that has been used at the Joint Special Operations University, obtained by The Intercept through a freedom of information request, is not at all reassuring in this respect.

“After spending nearly a decade fighting in urban terrain in Iraq and clandestine counter-terror operations around the globe under the auspices of the Global War on Terror, the Pentagon seems to view our urban combat of the future as very ominous indeed. The details of these challenges–and this gloomy vision of the future–are featured in a downright depressing video named  “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity” that has been shown at the Joint Special Operations University.” LINK

Taking the argument a step further. Presumably the Pentagon would argue that no information can be disclosed to the public so as not to alert ‘the enemy’. However, the enemy already knows very well who they are, where they are, what their objective is, and how they intend to achieve that objective.

Sensitive battlefield details as to the precise nature of the military response and progress being made in identifying and neutralizing the intellectual authors of the threat and their armed elements apart, with respect to which there is certainly a valid argument for discretion, the only ones being fooled are the public. It is very likely that the total information blackout would only serve to aggravate the ensuing mass panic and hysteria in the event of a real attack, with the possibility of explosions, gunfire, chemical or biological weapons – maybe a nuke? – erupting at any moment, further complicating efforts to neutralize the threat and minimize the damage.

In Chicago, the police department has taken a very different approach to addressing the spiralling violence and crime rate in the city. It has established a youtube channel where videos of criminal activities and other news reports are downloaded, to keep the residents informed as to what is happening, areas of high risk and the nature of the danger, and to seek the assistance of ‘the people’ in identifying criminals.






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