Urban warfare training draws eyes to sky over Twin Cities

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2012 - 10:30 PM

Special operations troops in Minneapolis and St. Paul also are at work in less public places.

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swmnguyAug. 30, 12 9:13 PM

The spokesperson for the Federal Reserve considers Special Forces training to be "Law Enforcement activity?" That's unnerving, and bad news for us civilians.

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bflyAug. 30, 1210:19 PM

The people that are paranoid need to find some real problems to worry about. Be thankful that we have such a strong military to protect us.

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liberaleliteAug. 30, 1211:01 PM

bfly, does the military have something to protect us from within our borders? or something to protect from us? not sure I'm thankful for them thinking that...

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RandyQuastAug. 30, 1211:25 PM

Our tax dollars hard at work - hardly! But, I guess it must get boring to train close to home - time to fly to Minneapolis. Oh well, at least our Minneapolis cops have experience for the time real Blackhawks come to raid our city! I am a Minneapolis resident and I don't approve. Take your toys and go play in your own playground!

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Marshall579Aug. 31, 1212:38 AM

You can't handle the truth!

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butterhugsAug. 31, 12 3:34 AM

I saw this whole thing go down in St. Paul last night. First the road blocks. Then at sunset a flock of blacked out helli-coppers raced down the river and through the woods towards downtown St. Paul. It is true. Like horses, helicopters are way more scary in person.

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gman356Aug. 31, 12 6:33 AM

I wouldnt sweep this under the carpet and forget about it....and trusting any of these people would be a mistake and prepping them to work with UN enforcers? would make it easier for them to shoot you and your family than a US Military personal. and when Obama loses the election, do they exspect social unrest. Also this is probably a CIA and UN joint effort and they dont remember what the truth sounds like, yet alone tell you or anyone the truth. Get ready for the jobless rate to hit 50% and Banks to fall..then you will see why they are doing this.

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kcmamaAug. 31, 12 7:47 AM

Oh, for goodness' sake! If we send special ops into an urban area in another country, how else will they train for it but in an urban area here? If they went in untrained and blew the mission, would we be understanding due to lack of training? Of course not. I watched big choppers up here in Maple Grove last night - the ones with two sets of rotors, don't know what they're called - and it was INTERESTING. Not SCARY. If we want them to know how to protect us, they have to practice.

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mn_cameraAug. 31, 12 7:49 AM

Clearly, the concept of preparedness including training in unfamiliar surroundings eludes a good number of people. And tinfoil hats are useless without ground cables.

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mnice01Aug. 31, 12 9:44 AM

It's important to remember that the military personnel involved in these training exercises are the people who are currently serving and will serve overseas in extremely dangerous missions ordered by the leaders we elected. Many of them have been deployed into combat a dozen or more times over a period of years. Many have been wounded in action, have seen friends die, have been shot at, faced IEDs and have had to kill people. These training exercises are important to help them do their job and survive while doing what they are ordered to do. Criticize the leaders if you don't like this stuff going on in the U.S., but remember that the soldiers are "at work" for us. It would be nice to live in a world where this wasn't necessary, but that isn't the world we live in today.

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