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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ljag's picture

Gotta remember that people are greedy. A few well placed stack of Benjamins will get you I.D. cards, the lastest and greatest ammo (recently purchased ammo, I might add) and a whole lot of access to the back side of the tent where the 'generals' hang out.

The Alarmist's picture

During the "R" portion of SERE, they used to play a mix of '60s protest song, Polka music (for the east-bloc, I guess), and other crap to keep us awake and break us down. I started singing along, and was repeatedly doused with freezing water to shut me up. Didn't work.

There's always a way ... learn the acronym Air Force Loves Queer Virgins and you'll have the basic layout for the tap code.

Resistance may be futile ... or maybe not.

Clashfan's picture

I often appreciate your posts, NWC. This is a good one.

Bunker Boy's picture

The power that be know a complete financial collapse is coming and martial law will be necessary to control the masses. The Great Experiment of the US republic is over. 1776-2012. It will end, not with a whimper, but a tremendous bang.

slackrabbit's picture

They will say it went out with a bang, but its really just a big smelly useless imcompetent a lift full of bankers, politicians, paracites and presstitues; and you of course, grinning as you walk out just before the doors (and markets) close. And they'll claim they never saw that coming either.

reader2010's picture

A whole new battle front at home? My tiny chicken brain couldn't just figure this shit out. If they do need to roll folks over, they may need to import those Chinese tanks used in the Tiananmen Square tho. 

Atomizer's picture

When they finally came for me, there was no one left to speak up for!

LULZBank's picture

Who is this "they" you speak of? Nobody went for them while they were coming for everyone?

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Yes it is unstuck now. Thank you for your concern and remembering.

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LULZBank's picture

You knew already?

You must have telepathic powers!

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I can speak to your Masters if you want. Think about it.

What you got to loose apart from your virginity?

Atomizer's picture



So how are we going to support entitlement critters (like yourself) when operation twist reaches the black hole zone?

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LULZBank's picture

With all due respect, we are not American and dont really care where American jobs end up, just like Americans did'nt care where their cheap raw materials, energy and prosperity came from and who paid for it.

Me and my superior contact are "superior" because we have superior knowledge and intelligence. You think you already know what we are thinking and planning to do? *evil sarcastic laugh*

If you're so smart, why dont you rule the world? *cheeky snigger*

GMadScientist's picture

"When they finally came for me..."

I was already on the road!

Lincolns Mullet's picture

Last time I went to St. Louis it was a ghost town.  It's probably the most action that city has seen other than Cardinals games.  I agree there's plenty of other places these guys could have gone, but I hardly think it's a stepping stone to martial law.  The only crowd control they'll be doing in St. Louis are against stray dogs and feral cats.

Waffen's picture

Boiling a frog mean anything to you?

AustriAnnie's picture

Actually, what amazes me is the speed at which this is happening.  When I was 12 years old I knew I'd watch this happen in my lifetime, but I didn't think they'd push this far this fast.

I thought I'd have another 20-30 years before I'd see something like the NDAA and SOPA and the execution of U.S. citizens without trial.

I think to the sheeple its a boiling frog.  Because they remain unaware of the significance of these events.

But I see this as happening quickly.  When you look at the series of events between 9/11 and now, a lot of change has occured in a very short amount of time.  And its not linear change.  Its more exponential.  They get away with the smaller things like the Patriot Act, so they get more and more blatant every year.  They no longer even try to implement these changes with stealth.

aphlaque_duck's picture

And its not linear change.  Its more exponential.


Like the proverbial roll of toilet paper... spins much faster as you reach the end.

blunderdog's picture

    ...the execution of U.S. citizens without trial.

Um.  That policy started in the '80s with the "no-knock raid."

Overfed's picture

"No-knock" raids should be met with a hail of lead in all cases.

Diogenes's picture

The Patriot Act is hardly a little thing. The protection guaranteed by the constitution is gone. They took it one piece at a time. The final phase of preparation began 9-11-2001. When they got you to hold still for having your women and children Xrayed and groped in airports, they knew they had you. They knew they could pull anything they wanted to and they did.

Preparation is nearly over. Action about to begin.

Remember, their motto is never let an emergency go to waste. Especially one you created.

Lincolns Mullet's picture

Yes they are quite delicious.

ronaldawg's picture

This is just crazy talk - we are talking about AMERICA.  the AMERICA that has the highest gun ownership and went through a complete buying spasm because of the election of Obumbi.

I guess the rest of the commentors on this site are euros because in AMERICA we are taught to fight back.  Our military somehow fighting against the American people?  Never.

RockyRacoon's picture

You might want to run that sentiment by the survivors of Kent State.  And that was just the National Guard weekend warriors.   They had much more connection to the general populace than today's actual military grunt has.

robobbob's picture

loss of command and control in the midst of panic is one thing.

a long, draw out and deliberate course of action is another.

the provocateurs while have to work double overtime to stage a plausible new set of events to get the masses on board. The old "FBI just broke another terror plot", that just happened to be created and run by the FBI, is wearing a little thin.

AustriAnnie's picture

It takes very little to make the masses get on board.  Anything that makes them fearful makes them compliant.

icanhasbailout's picture

there's diminishing returns on that strategy as the population gets more and more cynical

wee-weed up's picture

@ronaldawg. I agree with your sentiments 100% and I hope it is the way it will turn out - with gun owners fighting back against TPTB of tyranny when they come for us and our guns.

But, there's also a part of me that thinks TPTB know that and have some kind of a plan for it. I think when the time comes, it will involve instigating some kind of small skirmish whereby a small number of gun owners are provoked into shooting. These few will be made into examples and dealt with with extreme harshness. TPTB will definitely want other gun owners across the country to see what happens if you even think about resisting.

Think about it... that's exactly how the present illegal income tax system works. No one agrees with it, but we all end up paying it because we've seen what happens to the those who try to resist it. The IRS is brutal. They will ruin you and send you to jail. We all know that - we've seen it. And - like it or not - that is a strong deterrent. So we all comply.

So, when, and if, we see the kind of small (example) skirmish I've described above instigated by TPTB come to pass... know that they'll be coming for all of us shortly... be ready... steel your resolve...

RockyRacoon's picture

All ya gotta do is recall what happened in NO after Katrina.   Go guns allowed!

Oh regional Indian's picture

Better yet to re-member Waco. And Randy Weaver. And William (Bill) Cooper. 

They dont' call it "FIRE" power for nothing.

Especially Waco.

It's pretty close to done and dusted. Post-olympics, shit-show begins.



Lndmvr's picture

There will be no "few".  Too many remember "wolverinenes!"  Kent state was an eye opener right up to Randy Weaver and David koresh.  Nope I don't think most are going to look away this time.

blunderdog's picture

We get these posts every few months around here.  They're intended to help the "PTB" identify the truly delusional who frequent the site.

For those who might take this seriously, there's no cause for worry.

Not too long ago, I lived through the military occupation of one of the USA's largest cities.  Amazing that this is not remembered by our devout patriots around here, but hey, it was over a decade ago and we've never been big on history.  Checkpoints and papers and all that good stuff.

I can guarantee for you, when it happens, none of our resident flag-toting gun-burning mouth-breathers are going to do FUCK ALL with the streetcorners populated by soldiers and guardsmen with automatic rifles.

Zappa described the way this will play out very well almost 50 years ago. 

If you want to completely change the track of your life because this brutal government oppression is too much to bear, just walk down the right sidewalk tomorrow and grab some cop's sidearm.  If you survive, you'll be introduced to the real meaning of the word "oppression."

For now, just go back to burying bones in the backyard and playing paintball army-man and bitching about taxes. 

And don't forget to junk me for telling it like it is.

Dr. Sandi's picture

One UP vote for you. And a verbal "Screw YOU" for being a little too honest here.

If I want to hear that kind of scary stuff, I'll pay attention to the little voices in my head.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Spoken like an honest man who knows his limitations. As I said, after the first few thousand deaths, the military will split; seceeding states will take whole NatGuard Divisions with them. Then we go to full-scale Civil War.

Seer's picture

TPTB have weapons that people aren't going to be able to combat (not on an individualist basis that is).

Cathartes Aura's picture

spend a couple hours digging deep into "nano" technology and the sociopaths who excel at creating ways to "infect" people with swarms. . . biowarfare, nano-drones, aerosoling. . . really, there's little to stop their twisted imaginations, with unlimited fiat funding.

blunderdog has it right, the best prep is your mind.

Lednbrass's picture


Ever heard of the Bonus Army? MacArthur made his bones killing former US troops protesting in DC.

For your own sake, stop watching so much TV and listening to talk radio.

AustriAnnie's picture

Exercises have been conducted along major highways (to practice closing down roads to keep people in place), in major cities with live fire from rooftops, etc.

This is not an isolated exercise.  

Its coming to a city near you.

ZeroAvatar's picture

Yeah, didn't they just do a similar excercise in Los Angeles with Black Helicopters and everything?

RockyRacoon's picture

Europe has been a decent template so far.  Keep your eyes on the EU.

Nigel Farage - Europe is About to Impose Extreme Repression

AustriAnnie's picture


That man is working his ass off for the truth.  His energy amazes me.  I would be a bitter, angry, depressed mess if I had to interact with all those politicians on a daily basis as he does. 

reload's picture

He is gaining traction here in the UK. Main stream media just dont give him much coverage, but he is going up and down the country holding meetings which are open to all, and growing in size. Interestingly while lots of people say they agree with what he says, they claim they would not vote for him. Why? his bombastic, grandstanding performances in the Euro parliament seem "too flamboyant, cocky, rather unseemly for a British politician" is the general response. But in a town hall, taking questions from the floor, he is calmer, less combative and winning over a lot of sceptics. Big problem for the main stream politicians.


Conax's picture

He was already in a small plane crash recently. Something about a banner fouling the tail. It sounded like reckless flying to me.

New_Meat's picture

AustriAnnie: can you list the exercises/provide references to same?  I recall one in Boston last summer, before the occupierz started up.

Us'n all can provide consolidated data that the msm won't do.

For instance, there were a number of flash-mob events around Memorial Day 2011.


- Ned