The Department of Defense is conducting military training in Broward County this week, with exercises involving low flying helicopters that will ‘scare the cr*p out of people’, according to one local reporter.
After residents in downtown Fort Lauderdale began reporting low flying military helicopters last night at around 8pm, news reports emerged hours later containing details of a DoD training drill that would be taking place from March 24-27, suggesting that residents were only informed of the exercise after it had already begun.
The training drill will take place in locations throughout the county and will be aided by law enforcement.
“This training is not open to the public or media due to safety and security concerns,” states a press release on the Broward Sheriff’s Office website.
“This type of training where military helicopters go around scaring the crap out of people has been conducted in different cities across the country and is designed to certify service members in urban environment operations for any future overseas deployments,” writes Chris Joseph of the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, adding, “Don’t panic. Those military aircraft and soldiers you see down the street are only a drill.”
Infowars also received emails from concerned residents in the area who learned of low flying helicopters conducting maneuvers last night.
“Friends are calling telling me there are military helicopters all over the skies around Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, low-flying military helicopters, blacked out, in the dark, large groups, running maneuvers,” wrote one.
Twitter users were also spooked by the military activity.
The U.S. military routinely conducts urban warfare exercises domestically, sometimes with little or no warning whatsoever, drawing criticism that the drills are designed to acclimate Americans to a state of martial law.
In 2012, Miami residents were shocked to be awoken by a military exercise in the middle of the night which involved helicopters, fighter jets, along with simulated gunfire and grenades.
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