- Conflict & Crisis
By Bob Tuskin
March 15, 2013
My wife and I have been wondering why there has been multiple numbers of military helicopters flying in our skies this week so I decided to look into it.
Blackhawks and Chinooks have been active in the skies from North Florida to South Florida in what Maj. Mike Burns (a public affairs spokesman for the Air Force) calls a large training operation by the US Special Operations Command.
The flights have been active all week, including night operations. According to Ocala.com, ”A press releases issued by Miami Dade County advises that the exercise includes the use of military helicopters and simulated gunfire. The training is meant to prepare participants for combat missions in urban areas and to prepare forces for upcoming overseas missions, according to the release.”
We at Intellihub.com have long speculated as to where the government is actually training for as drills have ramped up over the past few years. It seems that these war games have had more of a domestic nature to them in recent days in violation of Posse Comitatus.
The true intention aside, it is shocking to see how many drills are taking place on U.S soil today. Oddly, in Pittsburg Kansas we have seen Blackhawk helicopters being used in drills for the ROTC.
However, beyond the drills utilizing these military helicopters, the Navy has actively been involved with all sorts of disturbing tests domestically. From drones to barium testing, they seem to be very active period.
Rosalind Peterson, who will be appearing in Shade the Motion Picture (a new documentary film scheduled for release April 15, 2013) highlights much of this in her article entitled “U.S. NAVY’S TWELVE 5-YEAR WARFARE TESTING PROGRAMS & THE INCREASING & ONGOING THREAT TO THE GULF OF MEXICO, ATLANTIC & PACIFIC OCEANS”.
U.S. Warfare Training Range History & U.S. Cooperating Agencies
Starting under the Bush Administration and continuing under the Obama Administration, twelve U.S. Navy 5-Year Warfare Testing Range Complexes, initiated between 2008 and 2012, are in full operation in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, and the Pacific.  The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still threatening local economies, human health, the fishing and tourism industry. The oil and Corexit pollution has been threatening this environment for years.
Adding to this ongoing problem in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, with permits approval by NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), have now started another assault on this area using multifaceted warfare testing experiments that include bomb blasts, sonar use, missile exercises, and the testing of new weapons systems. NOAA has issued permits allowing the U.S. Navy to “take” marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans areas[4-7].
NOAA (U.S. Department of Commerce – National Marine Fisheries Service), had previously approved the “taking” of marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. And then NOAA, in the first few months during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, admitted that they knew little about the marine environment in this underwater area. Now NOAA has issued permits to the U.S. Navy and Air Force for 5-Years of warfare testing in the Gulf of Mexico (December 19, 2011 [4+6-7]), and in other areas, which may exacerbate the current environmental problems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. 
Using the Earth & Inhabitants as Test Subjects
Our oceans and land areas, in the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico along with all inhabitants, are to be used as warfare test guinea pigs without public consent, debate, U.S. Congressional hearings or any public oversight.
Drone Weapons Testing & Surveillance Over the United States & Pacific, Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico
In addition, the U.S. Navy is now working to expand their drone operations over the United States. In Oregon, a new draft Navy Environmental Impact Statement is due out this spring for public comment . Drones carrying and testing bombs, new weapons systems, testing new types of drones, and surveillance over land and ocean areas are planned for our future. Compounding this issue, as reported by The Guardian.co.uk on April 2, 2012, “…American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refueling…” . In addition, there is increasing drone surveillance leading to questions over public privacy in the U.S. Accidents are increasing as police departments in Texas and other areas are increasing drone usage [21-22].”
With all this in mind, one is only left wondering what the military is really gearing up for?
Bob Tuskin is a radio talk show host and activist working with Intellihub.com