On Wednesday downtown Tampa roared with the sounds of war as U.S. Special Operations forces teamed up with international troops to conduct a joint military exercise.
This was a first of its kind, broad daylight drill with thousands of people looking on in amazement at the sheer might of the military.
The operations were conducted outside of the Tampa Convention Center and residents looked on while members from every branch of the U.S. military ran drills with troops from Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, and Thailand. The display was so powerful that it forced local newspapers to have to reassure the locals that they weren’t being invaded, and the sounds of automatic gunfire, warships, and various helicopters weren’t hostile forces but our own military conducting war games.
“If you see military helicopters flying over downtown Tampa next Tuesday, it’s not a sign that we are under attack by the Russians, the North Koreans or the New World Order,” said The Tampa Tribune.
The scenario they were practicing was rescuing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn from an “insurgent village” that was held by “violent extremists.” It used helicopters, boats, and ground mobility vehicles all while firing blank rounds in order to assist the 14-member team of commandoes tasked with finding the mayor. There was also pyrotechnics used and snipers perched on top of the surrounding buildings.
One of the participants actually commented about how drills like this are usually kept quiet and out of the public’s eye.
“This was different,” he said. “This was a first for me. Usually no one sees what we do.”
With the actual details of the exercise being kept classified, one can’t help but wonder if the “violent extremists” were actually right-wing conservatives who have already been painted as terrorists by both the military and federal law enforcement agencies. The odds are likely, considering the National Guard has already run similar drills that considered conservatives as hostiles and with increasing frequency such language is being used by those in power. All of this is happening while we continue to hear dire warnings from high-ranking people who know what’s coming in the near future.
What’s scary is that the residents of Tampa looked on without even realizing that the drills being run were more than likely practice for when we have a collapse here and martial law is declared.
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