#1 LAPD, Blackhawk helicopters and the CIA....
01-26-2012, 05:20 PM
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LAPD And Special Forces Conduct Military Maneuvers In The Skies Above Downtown LA
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department teamed with military special operation forces Wednesday evening to conduct multi-agency tactical exercises in the skies above downtown LA.
Many questioned what was going on Wednesday night as a Black Hawk helicopter and four OH-6 choppers – or “Little Birds” – flew over the city, at one point hovering just above the US Bank building downtown and later flying low over the Staples Center as the Lakers played inside.
Someone could be seen sitting inside an open chopper with his legs hanging off the side.
Sky9 spotted the Black Hawk in the dark, making what appeared to be a drop off at a park before quickly ascending back into the air.
Throughout the exercise, the five rotorcrafts were staged at Dodgers Stadium.
The LAPD said the purpose of the training was in part to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments.
Chief Warrant Officer David Duran was a U.S. Army aviator for 12 years. He now flies Blackhawk helicopters for the National Guard in California. Duran says what KCAL9 saw Wednesday night could be a dry run for a future mission.
“They do a lot of mockup training,” said Duran. “But it’s always best to get the closest terrain layout to what the objective is.”
Duran said the military chooses training environments based on what they might be facing in the near future.
“If it’s a mountainous terrain, they go to the mountains; if it’s a desert terrain, they use the desert; if they’re in a coastal terrain, they use the coast,” said Duran. “If it’s an urban terrain, you know, whatever’s needed.”
In a release Monday, the LAPD said training exercises would take place at various sites around the greater Los Angeles area through Thursday. The exercises were coordinated with local authorities and owners of the training sites, according to the release.
Many wondered Thursday night about the safety of such drastic maneuvers being conducted over an urban area.
The LAPD said safety precautions were taken to prevent risk to the general public, as well as the military personnel involved.
Similar exercises have been seen in Miami and Boston.
Bratton: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With LAPD Consulting With CIA ‘From Time To Time’
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department is shedding some light on how local law enforcement cooperates with federal intelligence agencies.
In an interview with Current TV, William Bratton deflected criticism of the NYPD — where Bratton also served as chief until 2002 — for working with the Central Intelligence Agency.
“In dealing with information intelligence as it relates to terrorism, the CIA has a lot of information that is appropriate for use by American police forces,” Bratton said.
Under Bratton, the LAPD “had interactions with the CIA in the sense of meeting from them from time to time, certainly, just in order to make them aware of our capabilities and our needs,” he said. “There is nothing that precludes that, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Bratton, who now serves as chairman of private security consulting firm Kroll & Associates, defended the operation of the CIA within the domestic U.S. by comparing the coordination of local and federal agencies with the team effort of a surgical procedure.
“It’s like going into a surgery and the doctor that’s going to perform the surgery is not going to talk with the anesthesiologist?” Bratton said. “I don’t know that I’d want to be in that operating room.”
Bratton was recently tapped to investigate the pepper-spraying of student protesters at the University of California Davis campus in November.
01-26-2012, 06:16 PM
The Coast Guard do a lot of joint training exercises here with the Canadian military. The first time I saw them, I wasn't sure what was going on, but as the CG uses bright orange helicoptors, I wasn't too concerned.
The scariest use of a helicoptor I ever experienced was during the blackout that occurred in the early 2000s. The city of Warren issued a 10 o'clock curfew, and I had gone out to see a friend and was coming home at around 10:05. The police copter shined a light on my car, got on their loudspeaker and told me that I was to return to my home immediately because of the curfew. I was pissed off, not scared.
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