House to House Searches for Weapons Dealers Coming to a Neighborhood Near U!


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Titan6
February 22, 2009, 08:17 AM
After years of the "cordon and knock" drill in Iraq the National Guard will now train to conduct the same type training in that hot bed of revolutionaries: Arcadia, Iowa. Not sure where they are going with this one.

http://www.carrollspaper.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=7451&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=&S=1


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The primary phase will be done Saturday, April 4, when convoys will be deployed from Carroll to Arcadia. Pictures of a suspected arms dealer will be shown in Arcadia, and soldiers will go door to door asking if residents have seen the suspect. ... The drill will culminate in the apprehension of the suspected arms dealer.

Guardsmen to conduct urban training at Arcadia in April

By BUTCH HEMAN
Staff Writer



The Carroll National Guard unit will train on urban military operations by holding a four-day exercise at Arcadia.

The purpose of the April 2-5 drill will be to gather intelligence, then search for and apprehend a suspected weapons dealer, according to Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company.

Citizens, law enforcement, media and other supporters will participate.

Troops will spend Thursday, April 2, staging at a forward operations base at Carroll. The next day company leaders will conduct reconnaissance and begin patrolling the streets of Arcadia to identify possible locations of the weapons dealer.

The primary phase will be done Saturday, April 4, when convoys will be deployed from Carroll to Arcadia. Pictures of the arms dealer will be shown in Arcadia, and soldiers will go door to door asking if residents have seen the suspect.

Soldiers will knock only at households that have agreed to participate in the drill, Kots noted.

"Once credible intelligence has been gathered," said Kots, "portions of the town will be road-blocked and more in-depth searches of homes and vehicles will be conducted in accordance with the residents' wishes.

"One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him."

During this phase of the operation, troops will interact with residents and media while implementing crowd-control measures and possibly treating and evacuating injured persons.

The unit will use a Blackhawk helicopter for overhead command and control, and to simulate medevacs.

The drill will culminate in the apprehension of the suspected arms dealer.

Alpha Company will conduct a review of the drill on Sunday, April 5.

A meeting to give residents more information and accept volunteers will be held 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Arcadia American Legion hall.

Kots said the exercise will replace Alpha Company's weekend drill for April.

"We have a lot of extended drills this coming year," he added.

In addition to surveillance, searching and apprehension, the exercise will also give the troops valuable experience in stability, support, patrol, traffic control, vehicle searches and other skills needed for deployment in an urban environment.

"This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit," said Kots. "And it will hopefully improve the public's understanding of military operations."

The pre-drill work with residents is as important at the drill itself.

"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," said Kots. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing."

"We really want to get as much information out there as possible, because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia."



Normally I can make an insightful comment on the why and wherefore but today I got nothing....

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codybrown
February 22, 2009, 08:22 AM
***???

Starship1st
February 22, 2009, 08:29 AM
Is this a practice for a police state? :cool:

beatcop
February 22, 2009, 08:29 AM
Prepare for the lock...
Posted and locked in Legal 2 days ago.


Presenting this article as some sort of evidence of a grand gun confiscation scheme is without merit. As there is no indication that this is related to gun control, this isn't on topic.

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Last edited by Jorg; February 20th, 2009 at 06:08 PM.

cassandrasdaddy
February 22, 2009, 08:36 AM
a day late and at least adollar short in 2 forums

BCCL
February 22, 2009, 08:36 AM
I believe it's been canceled anyway.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=89527

Ohio Gun Guy
February 22, 2009, 08:38 AM
WOW!

Anyone watch Glenn Beck last night?

Interceptor_Knight
February 22, 2009, 08:55 AM
The vast majority of the fighting and dying in Iraq has been in an urban environment. I would rather send well trained troops over.
It is just plain silly to get all excited over this when everyone sat around and watched New Orleans happen from their couch with a beer in hand and some pretzels in their laps. Where were all of the organized groups rushing in to help?? Although it is good to be a sheepdog and keep an eye on what is happening, it makes no sense to get overly excited and assume the worst. A police state would mean the end of the US government. Without our tax dollars, they would collapse. Without a free people, capitalism can not function and the tax base would be crushed. You can not have welfare without taxes. Obama does not want a police state, he wants a welfare state.

Grey_Mana
February 22, 2009, 09:13 AM
The DC area in the week before the inauguration was a police state. This is a town getting a little extra federal pork for helping train their neighbors.

cassandrasdaddy
February 22, 2009, 09:21 AM
and lets not overlooki the fact that the folks participating in the exercise do it voluntarily. the horror that folks would allow their neighbors to train to better stay alive, as well as to be less likely to hurt innocents. what kinda folks would do that? we need more heroes of the revolution to man the barricades and stomp out this scourge before it spreads. to think the government has been doing things like this for more than 50 years. its a wonder how crafty they are but don't worry we know folks will leap away from their keyboards shouting "wolverines" when the time comes.

Titan6
February 22, 2009, 09:46 AM
I believe it's been canceled anyway.

Plans for the urban operation training, Hopgood explained, are still set to continue, but will be conducted in a smaller, platoon-by-platoon basis in the near vicinity of the Carroll armory.

And

Presenting this article as some sort of evidence of a grand gun confiscation scheme is without merit. As there is no indication that this is related to gun control, this isn't on topic.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

ThrottleJockey
February 22, 2009, 10:19 AM
This not only got locked yesterday, but erased too. I commented something along the lines of even a law biding Iraqi citizen has the god given right to own arms for collecting, sporting, and defensive purposes.

cassandrasdaddy
February 22, 2009, 10:31 AM
erased where? i can still see it

rbernie
February 22, 2009, 10:51 AM
Off topic for THR, but a good topic for APS.

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