Guest Post: Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets...But Why?

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

Military Rolls Tanks Onto St. Louis Streets...But Why?

I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a "training exercise", makes very little sense to me.  U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis?  I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops?  Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in?  And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri?  At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.

On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity.  Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject.  Both state that they think the exercise is a "great idea", because having the military on the streets would help to "reduce crime":

I suspect that the news affiliate did not go out of its way to get any counter-opinions, even though they admitted to being contacted by those voicing concerns over martial law.

Even so, it's sad and simultaneously terrifying that there are plenty of mindless dupes out there who do not understand the dangers of the Army crossing the Rubicon and acting in a civil law enforcement capacity, never mind that they are completely ignorant of the fact that it violates the Posse Comitatus Act.  One of the interviewees even points out that in some countries they don't use police at all; only military.  This is true.  We call those countries "tyrannies"...

Add to the mix the reality that the DOD refuses to respond to any further inquiries by the press concerning details of the training, and you get yet another suspicious instance of behavior on the part of the establishment that seems preparatory for domestic action.  I believe that the high frequency at which these activity reports have been coming in over the past year is certainly cause for alarm...

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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:20 | 2554079 ZippyBananaPants
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It's coming.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:29 | 2554116 Skateboarder
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And it's gonna take you with it.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 14:54 | 2554212 veyron
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St Louis = Tiananmen?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:04 | 2554233 Bananamerican
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"armored security vehicles"


was "Freedom Delivery System™" already taken....

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:08 | 2554265 Hulk
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Green tipped cartridges for the Barrett

Its whats for dinner !!!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:21 | 2554300 economics9698
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East St. Louis is a combat zone, good training opportunity.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:53 | 2554373 Pure Evil
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Are they anticipating an outbreak of Zombies in E. St. Louis?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 16:29 | 2554444 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Training all night? What kind of training, son?"

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:02 | 2554501 Race Car Driver
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"Yes sir!"

"There are two enemy over there by the wall. Do you see them?"

"Got 'em."

"Okay Wally, you're my best man... now here's the plan. You go over there and fuck them - we'll stay here and masturbate."

"Yes sir!"

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:24 | 2554553 TruthInSunshine
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A chicken in every pot.

An M1-Abrams on every block.


Big Brother & Father Protectorate are here to keep you fed and safe, bitchez!


Control Through Fear



1984 by George Orwell / Nineteen Eighty-Four / Film Movie



Chapter - It's Free Swipe Yo EBT (Clean)
Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:34 | 2554570 sitenine
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Unknow author: "...It is certainly not just a small town pastor who is trying, but coming up short. It is the rest of us who have just let the body blows keep coming.

It is the hard facial slaps of government bullies every day beating us to our knees. What will it take, my friends? We have very little time left before the boot falls upon us for the last time.

This July 4th, we should hold three flags, the Christian Flag, the Gadsden Flag, and the white flag of surrender. Choose one to burn and carry the other two through the ranks of people gathered around you. Let the revolution begin on that day. Maybe the distant sounds of fife and drum will remind us that courage, truth, honor, and a commitment to moral freedom will begin the long road ahead until the bully is defeated. The alternative is unthinkable and not worth living for. I will not surrender. I will not retreat. Now is the time, the day, and the hour. As always fellow citizens, remain steady---very, very, steady."

crossposted from

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:41 | 2554578 TruthInSunshine
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One must just LOVE the newscaster's statement as to why they're there:  "Military sources have stated this is an exercise designed to teach the Military Police operators of these heavily armored vehicles how to drive on city streets and in urban areas."


Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.  The military doesn't have an extensive network of faux towns, complete with urban settings, that precisely duplicate these conditions on dozens of bases. Riiiiiiiiiight.


Rock me Posse Comitatus,
Comitatus, Comitatus, Comitatus,
Comitatus, Comitatus, Comitatus,
Oh oh oh Comitatus.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:07 | 2554594 The Big Ching-aso
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Let's seem em' try & roll into Detroit with only Abrams, armored personnels, and .50 cals.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:42 | 2554696 redpill
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It's training alright, it's just not the military that is being trained...



Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:10 | 2554811 francis_sawyer
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I love a parade...


Lawrence Welk Show

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:59 | 2555457 FEDbuster
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Probably won't see this in East Hampton this summer. 


BTW Posse Comitatus was tossed out with the NDAA, so this will be a common occurrence from now on.

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." George Orwell
Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:18 | 2554824 Greyhat
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"It's training alright, it's just not the military that is being trained..."

Public viewing of power on a msm channel means something is brewed and they believe they need some deterrence.

Good sign, they fear you, the people. :)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:55 | 2555050 i-dog
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'They' are not in fear (though they should be!) ... they are as cocky and brazen as all hell right now. Just look at the brazen bullshit coming out of DC on a daily basis now that is not questioned in the least by the MSM, the pollies or the people.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 07:34 | 2555351 jeff montanye
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of course it's too early to know for sure, but the constant rain of blows by the markets, albeit perverted, on the status quo is, perhaps, beginning to tell:

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 21:14 | 2554915 steelrules
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Sat, 06/23/2012 - 18:51 | 2554710 mcguire
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UNIFIED QUEST 2011:  wargaming for domestic economic collapse.  

watch this:

they understand PC is at issue, and what they are war gaming is how far these rules can be bent... 

it is clear that the way that the military becomes an arm of FEMA, shows how FEMA is really a continuty of government institution..

watch this on FEMA:

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:05 | 2554729 nmewn
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1:(15) Empty wine bottles or other glass vessels.

2:(1) Gallon gasoline.

3:(1) Cheap polystyrene cooler found at convience stores (broken into pieces)

Mix two & three well, pour into bottles, stick a cloth strip in it and don't smoke while doing it ;-)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:38 | 2554832 CompassionateFascist
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  MCs work better w 1/3 oil + 2/3 gas. Burns longer, better job of heating up an AFV crew and getting them out into the open where they can be dealt with.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:02 | 2554992 nmewn
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Can't wait for a "training exercise" to try a few

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:06 | 2555475 FEDbuster
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You gotta love "Mythbusters":

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 20:27 | 2556689 Clashfan
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But let's see them make nanothermite. Then we have WTC explosives.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:49 | 2555593 Think for yourself
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I don't know... well mixed, the polystyrene makes it really sticky. Stick-on-a-vertical surface sticky. I wouldn't want that to butter my personal armor either, I'm sure it would be impossible to remove *cough cough*. Never tried with oil.

I had a dream the other night, featuring prominently MCs and high power potato guns. I wish I had a couple to experiment with...

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:56 | 2554880 A Nanny Moose
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...momma always said i'd never amount to anything if I kept drinking.

Does this mean I can keep investing in liquor over lead/brass?

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:09 | 2555003 nmewn
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I'm thinkin yes.

By now you have all the brass you'll ever need and the liquor will steady your nerves to recieve the abundance of lead coming your way in the future ;-)

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:03 | 2555398 GMadScientist
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He'll need it to cauterize the many GSWs he will receive trying to fire while "blind".

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:06 | 2555185 Prometheus418
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Point of order, nmewn, though I agree for the most part.

Don't insert the cloth strip in the mouth of the bottle.  Cap the bottle and wrap the cloth, suitably treated with the mixture, around the neck or body, then throw hard enough to break the glass.

It's like making M&Ms.  Ensure that they melt in the enemy's mouth, not in your hands.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:07 | 2555404 GMadScientist
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Next up on 21st Century Survivor: DIY Whiskey Pete and how to make a Strontium thermo generator with parts from EBay.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:50 | 2557849 I did it by Occident
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Also, I haven't tried it but I would like to test it.  Basically a "new and improved MC"  Keep the cap on the bottle.  Wrap a few sparklers onto the container with duct tape.  Maybe tape a lighter onto it is as well (BICs are cheap).  When ready to throw, light the sparklers and release hard enough to break on impact.  Assuming the sparklers don't get doused (generally hard to put out), it should work like a regular MC but without the open container of lit gasoline bottle when throwing it.  

Anybody ever test this?  Maybe with 4 July, I'll have to try a little experiment with a sparkler.  :)

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:39 | 2554828 CompassionateFascist
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  It's not the Golden Horde that the ZOG'll be looking to's the Patriot and Survival movements, esp. the leaders. I'm less concerned with the military - which will fragment after the first few thousand deaths - than the hardcore enforcers...AT&F, DHS and the like. These death squads will be pre-positioned with hit lists well before the onset of Martial Law.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:35 | 2555200 hivekiller
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They don't need tanks. They've got drones to kill them Amerikin terrorists!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:02 | 2554803 Caviar Emptor
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Over 1,700 men and women strip naked in square in Germany.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:16 | 2554819 nmewn
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Pre-screening to make the trains run on time ;-)

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:08 | 2555406 GMadScientist
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I'll need to see a histo chart of ages before I click that.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 01:01 | 2555178 Prometheus418
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My Gadsen flag has been flying long enough to be battered and torn.  It does not come in for wind, rain or darkness, because it does not represent a veneration for TPTB- it is a symbol of independance, and independance does not get vacation days.

I'll replace it soon, my only hope is that when that day comes, Gadsen and Culpepper will have acted on my suggestion to provide them in red, with the motto "Take back the Republic" in place of "Live free or die".  If any of you are so inclined, hit them up with the suggestion- I'd like to replace it with a flag for our times, not with another relic.

The white flag can go on the fire- even though I am not a Christian, I will happily stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone professing that faith- obscure points of theology are not important enough to allow us all to be killed or enslaved by those who are anti-human.

I am only one man, but I will never bow, and never surrender.  I live on a block where Gadsen flags now outnumber the stars and bars, and there is a vegetable garden in every backyard.  That is one block, in one town.  Maybe we're alone, and scheduled for black-bagging, but I don't think that is the case.  Everything is dark, and blurry with the fog of war, but Liberty's Sons are still here, ready to defend their mother's sacred honor with our blood and treasure.  The time is coming, and it won't be televised.  I'd like to think I've been a part of that, but the simple truth is that I am a small, small pebble in an ocean that is both vast and deep.  

For those of you who are relatively new, know that we all go through what you are feeling now.  Being faced with the realities of the failing Republic is akin to undergoing the stages of grief.  Don't allow anger to rule your actions- while it may seem satisfying to attack without thought, this is the big game, and it is for all of the marbles.  Suck that anger up, and make it to acceptance before you act.  What we need is thoughtful men engaged in the extermination of cockroaches, not berserkers blindly rage killing the neighbors with their gunz.  You know what you have to do, and do not require instructions- just allow your vision to clear before you act.

I don't post much here anymore- there's not a lot left to be said.  Those who are trying to enslave us are obviously not intending to repent, apologize or restore our Republic.  There is only one way forward, and we all know what it is.  Take every day from this one to that as a gift, and use it to prepare, because what is coming will scar every man, woman and child on the planet.  It's not something to look forward to, and for all the comments, no one will be muching on popcorn as it unfolds.  For those of you still trading, good luck and god bless- I can only hope that you turn your gains, if you have any gains, into supply lines for those of us who will be on the fronts.



Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:33 | 2555528 FEDbuster
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The Three Percent

During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King's tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came.

Three Percenters today do not claim that we represent 3% of the American people, although we might. That theory has not yet been tested. We DO claim that we represent at least 3% of American gun owners, which is still a healthy number somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million people. History, for good or ill, is made by determined minorities. We are one such minority. So too are the current enemies of the Founders' Republic. What remains, then, is the test of will and skill to determine who shall shape the future of our nation.

The Three Percent today are gun owners who will not disarm, will not compromise and will no longer back up at the passage of the next gun control act. Three Percenters say quite explicitly that we will not obey any further circumscription of our traditional liberties and will defend ourselves if attacked. We intend to maintain our God-given natural rights to liberty and property, and that means most especially the right to keep and bear arms. Thus, we are committed to the restoration of the Founders' Republic, and are willing to fight, die and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution that we all took an oath to uphold against enemies foreign and domestic.

Prometheus perhaps this would be a better flag replacement?

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 12:35 | 2555860 Founders Keeper
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[Thus, we are committed to the restoration of the Founders' Republic, and are willing to fight, die...]---FEDbuster

Copy that.

Excellent post.

Like Prometheus, I don't post often anymore.  Though I am fully engaged.  Reading zerohedge everyday.  Unexpected and grievous life changes of late.  Nevertheless, I am here.  Moving my life forward by God's grace.  Now launched a website of my own.

See you at the frontlines.

God's speed.



Mon, 06/25/2012 - 01:15 | 2556998 TruthInSunshine
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It only takes a very small % of the population refusing to allow their individual and collective inalienable rights to be trampled further, some but not all of which are officially acknowledged by, and not bestowed by government (how can government take away that which is inalienable?), to effectuate extremely large and positive change.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:06 | 2554509 post turtle saver
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It's not anticipation, it's an on-going action... nothing but zombies in E. St. Louis ever since the eskimo Mayans set up Cahokia Mounds. Illini zombies, bitchez.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 09:12 | 2555414 GMadScientist
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I hate Illinois Zombies. - Jake

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:54 | 2554622 Freddie
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East St. Louis needs a B-52 Arc Light raid like the end of Apocalypse Now.

This is The End

Jim Morrison was not a total fu*kwit.  That liberal f*ckwit Martin Sheen needed to be fragged.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 12:28 | 2555847 Race Car Driver
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I junked ya.

Morrison was a culture change spook just like all the other hippy rockstars of the time. Ever wonder why they never stopped playing that 40-50 year old stale-ass crap on the radio? Entire generations have now heard the 'rebel' message (lol). When the Boomers grew up - do you think they enjoyed listening to 40-50 year old music like todays kids?

See: Laurel Canyon.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 20:31 | 2556696 Clashfan
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Too true, RCD. Folks need to read Inside the LC by McGowan.

"Culture change spook" is great wording. I'm stealing it. Don't post great quips like that unless you want them pilfered, sorry.


Glad to meet someone aware.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 22:54 | 2556886 Dr. Sandi
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Actually, I tried to listen to 40-50 year old music back then. It wasn't readily available. In 1965, the 50 year old stuff wasn't really out there, being from 1915 and all. And even the 40 year old stuff from 1925 was only on a few really mangled 78s that granny had in the back of her Victrola collection.

Too bad too. Now that some of that stuff is coming online from various repositories of ancient culture, I'm realizing how much I was missing by not hearing those 40-50 year old recordings.

Sun, 06/24/2012 - 22:50 | 2556879 Dr. Sandi
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Sorry Freddie. I had to junk you too for being too chicken to say fuckwit. Come on say FUCKWIT. You KNOW you WANT to.

Although, now that I've said it, I sort of wonder just what a fuckwit really is anyway.

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:54 | 2554377 Normalcy Bias
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Yep, but they'll need the Abrams in Detroit...

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