Marines practice quashing dissent

Judy Olsen (wholedamnpie@uswest.net)
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 23:03:21 -0800


This scares the bejesus outta me!  Just got it off
http://www.motherjones.com/mustreads/

Judy O


                                                           March 16

                                                           In what would
seem to be a blatant attempt by the U.S. Military
                                                           to
                                                           a) bolster
support for the Second Amendment and b) scare
                                                           the shit out
of paranoid conspiracy theorists like myself, the
                                                           United States
Marine Corps has been "invading" cities
                                                           across the
country as a part of "Operation Urban Warrior."
                                                           The operation
is being touted as a practice run that will help
                                                           Marines
provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of a
                                                           disaster,
terrorist attack, or Celine Dion concert. However, as
                                                           the SAN
FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN reports, Urban
                                                           Warrior isn't
quite the love-fest it's purported to be.

                                                           As Gar Smith
reports, Urban Warrior is designed to quash
                                                           popular
insurrections -- right here in the good old U.S. of A.
                                                           Smith states
that a "review of hundreds of pages of
                                                           documents
regarding Urban Warrior exercises around the
                                                           country and
in the Bay Area reveals no plans for providing
                                                           humanitarian
assistance. The actual goal of the operation is
                                                           clearly
stated: it is to "penetrate," "thrust," and "swarm" into
                                                           urban
settings to seize power plants, TV and radio stations,
                                                           and food and
water supplies, to suppress any local opposition
                                                           -- and
ultimately to control the cities." He further goes on to
                                                           argue that
Urban Warrior is all about keeping the rich safe
                                                           from the
huddled masses of poor people who might rise up
                                                           demanding
extravagances such as food, housing and
                                                           disease-free
living conditions.

                                                           Although
similar exercises have been staged all over the
                                                           country --
from a Navy Seals invasion of Lowell, Mass., to
                                                           Marines in
ambushing Monterey, Calif., the national press has
                                                           taken little
to no notice of this emerging trend.


http://www.sfbg.com/News/33/23/Features/war.html

                                                           --MTH