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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:05 PM
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How come I live right around the corner from there and don't see any military people. I know the D&D your talking about too and don't see them.




posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:20 PM
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I work in Johnston and I have heard nothing about this.
I'll ask around to see if there is any chit chat.

The downed communications theory sounds the most plausible to me.
Perhaps doing a search for problems of this kind may be the way to find out.

If it were a fund raising campaign, I would think it would be more far spread than just one location. Does the ANG do any public fundraisers?



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:30 PM
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I almost never post here, though I'm a daily visitor. But since I'm from Rhode Island I decided to look up my password to log in and post a reply with my 2 cents. And just so you have an idea about me......I'm about the biggest conspiracy theroist out there.....but I'm an informed one. Anyway, being a younger guy in Rhode Island, I can tell you that the places you've sited OP, those are all area where there are alot of trouble makers, and punks, and fights, and some crimes at certain times. Especially at the bus station and the high school. (for people not from this area, Providence has some of the worst kids around in the HSs. Every day there are horror stories from teachers about all these "urban" and ethnic kids causing problems. It's getting really bad here in Providence schools, and on the streets in general) So just using faimliarity with the area, and a little bit of educated presumption, I'd come to the conclusion that there is more than likely some type of surveillance system in these area that are down at the time. And since this is such a small area, it could all just be one system for these areas. Or perhaps it's being upgraded. And since Rhode Island has been making alot of cuts, and alot of people have been complaining about our budget, the police are under-staffed right now, so instead having already busy cops out there just keeping an eye out for trouble while the cameras are down, they just call in some National Guard guys n' gals for about a week.

Of course, that's just my theory. Aside from certain facts I laid out, it's just conjecture on my part. I wouldn't know if the surveillance system is down or not. I suppose I don't even KNOW one's in place. But if I ran the place, those would be a couple of the areas I put cameras up.

[edit on 9-3-2009 by Larry L]



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:33 PM
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I dont have much to say about the Op, but this point of In this day and age everyone has a cellphone/digicam, is really not true, and makes no sense. I am one who does not have a cell phone, and I am too poor to afford a digicam, etc. I bum other peoples when I feel I need to snap a picture of myself or the sky. I rarely have a camera on me, unless I am deliberately going out to get photos that day, because I have to make arrangements to bum the camera.

I wish people here would quit harassing posters who come here to tell their stories, but do not have pictures. This argument needs to be retired as a credible point in debunks and rebuttals.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:39 PM
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We had Army Reserves training with the Sheriff dept here in Reno not too long ago. I'll post a pic:

This was out in front of the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in Reno, Nevada.
They were here for Law Enforcement training. I didn't bother asking why they were here, I had seen a news report about their presence stating they were here to help the Sheriff and the RPD in training exercises.

This image depicts US soldiers in uniform with orange vests like what the OP described.

Look to my post below for the image


[edit on 9-3-2009 by projectvxn]

[edit on 9-3-2009 by projectvxn]



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 12:56 PM
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Originally posted by projectvxn
We had Army Reserves training with the Sheriff dept here in Reno not too long ago. I'll post a pic:

This was out in front of the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in Reno, Nevada.
They were here for Law Enforcement training. I didn't bother asking why they were here, I had seen a news report about their presence stating they were here to help the Sheriff and the RPD in training exercises.

This image depicts US soldiers in uniform with orange vests like what the OP described.





[edit on 9-3-2009 by projectvxn]




I have tried your link and is does not work. Can you repost?



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:00 PM
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Exactly! Also something to be aware of: FEMA will be staging
National Level Exercises all year. For a list of facilities, or regions
check this chart -

www.nrc.gov...

More than likely, even if your area is not on here with a corresponding date, they may be near by, have changed part of the exercise, etc.
FEMA does not put out newspaper articles and let everyone know they are coming. All of these exercises are planned months in advance....officicals are notified, but not the public.

So do not doubt your own eyes, or your own thinking! That would be the most dangerous thing that could happen out of this incident is that you would not trust your own instincts!
Learn from this...pay close attention to your first impressions!



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:03 PM
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Trying to make it work now. ATS won't let me upload pics without errors showing up and geocities doesn't want me to post them either.




That should do it.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:03 PM
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Mission
USARNORTH conducts Homeland Defense (HLD) and Civil Support (CS) operations, and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) activities, as the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) to U.S. Northern Command in order to protect the American people and their way of life. On order, USARNORTH commands and controls deployed forces as a Joint Task Force (JTF) or Joint Force Land Component Command (JFLCC).

Vision
DOD's premiere land-based Homeland Defense response force; a team of highly skilled professionals; interoperable and integrated with federal, state, tribal, and local partners; relevant to America's security and civil support challenges of the 21st century.



Source : USARNORTH1



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:36 PM
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I'm contacting a public affairs specialist for the RI National Guard. Will update with what I find out.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:49 PM
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While I was still in the army my unit was on a training mission in Big Lake, TX some time in 2002. We were all camped out in their motel, and maintained our helicopters on their airfield. There were quite alot of soldiers present, I guess it could have appeared as if we had come to take over... There was a news video too, but I just can't find it.

The U.S. Military has lots of permanent- and some temporary- training areas. They will usually go where they get the lowest bids for, say, fuel.. (as was with the Big Lake FTX)
If you live in the right areas you will witness constant convoys. JRTC at Fort Polk, LA and NTC at Fort Irwing, CA come to mind.

With that in mind, might it be possible that those soldiers were only 'enjoying' a FTX at a temporary location?



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:50 PM
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I'm amazed at how quickly some of you are ready to condemn a story based on lack of photos. I also live in North Providence Rhode Island and witnessed this exact scene.
I was in transit around 11:20 AM. I witnessed soldiers in, what I as a layman would call "desert" style fatigues. They also were clad in what I would call standard issue Military boots, black Berets, sidearms, and Orange Vests over the fatigues(similar to those a flagger or traffic policeman would wear). I personally saw three of them on Smith St. spanning the North Providence and Providence areas of the road. #1 was at the light where Smith Street forks into Smith/Mt Pleasant, #2 in front of the Dunkin Donuts on the sidewalk across from LaSalle Academy, and #3 was a bit further down the road at the light near River Avenue. The First and the Last appeared to be standing sentry, hands folded in front of the belt buckle area. The second soldier I observed was on a radio/phone of some sort and standing on the sidewalk rather than in the road.
I'm not a regular visitor to this site and am not someone given to what would typically be described by most as "paranoia" etc. Upon seeing the first soldier I assumed "He must be collecting money" much like the firemen in the town regularly do at traffic lights, big rubber boots in hand passing out tot spotter stickers. I then noticed no cup of any sort, or any attempt to approach cars passing by. This I found odd and began to think about the implications of a military presence in a residential area. If this were some sort of routine traffic/traffic light maintenance why not the local police who I frequently see observing this sort of activity. The lack of any utility trucks also helped me to toss out that theory.

Here I will provide a link to my Twitter page (twitter.com...) where you can see the real time updates I provided, in addition to conversations with two friends, a direct post to the North Providence Police Twitter, and a post to the local radio station WBRU's News Director. Click Stin, Squidboy, and ESJWBRU to see their thoughts/reactions as this unfolded. Today I contacted a close friend who lives in town and is a high ranking Military intelligence officer (2 tours active duty in Iraq) to see if he could offer any insight. I'll post again if he offers any information.

As far as photos are concerned YES I have a palm treo with a very nice camera on it, but this all occurred in the span of about 5 minutes and as I caught none of the Red Lights I had no opportunity to stop and take photos of them without causing an accident or traffic jam.
Hope this information helps to clarify a bit. This isn't a hoax or a put on just a few concerned locals trying their best not to be led around by the nose. Training excercise? Perhaps, Disaster drill, perhaps. I'm sure it could be MANY things. All I can relay is what I saw and that they were apparently gone almost as soon as they were seen.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:51 PM
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Originally posted by kdial1
It may be this:




-Kdial1



[edit on 8-3-2009 by kdial1]


Yeah thats probably it. People mistook a load of fat, thick, gun happy morons who've never even been close to someone shooting back at them as your military.

Easy to see how they made the mistake.

Interesting to note how these "tough guys" are all wearing safety goggles - just in case a bit of dust blows up I expect.

Pussies.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:04 PM
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Not to discount it immediately but they didn't look anything like the men in the video. I know many soldiers and these men had the bearing and stature of real soldiers. The fatigues were different (granted they aren't always wearing the same ones), and two out of the three were standing directly IN traffic. I assume that if a gaming league of glorified paintballer types were standing in the road the local PD would have something to say about it. It's no different than if I put on a fake police uniform and decided to stand in traffic.

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posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:16 PM
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Did the uniform look like this?

www.armynavyshop.com...



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:19 PM
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Ok, my friend has a brother in law in north prov. who is a police officer.
She is going to call him and tell me tomorrow what he knows.

She herself saw them and they were not collecting money.
They were not directing traffic.
She will find out what the deal was and I'll relay it here.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:21 PM
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Originally posted by spec_ops_wannabe
I don't really see why they would be wearing Desert Camo uniforms in an environment like Providence. If they were military they would have to be in regulation uniform for the locality. And they certainly wouldn't/shouldn't be wearing orange traffic vests. Jeeps don't really sound like anything official, and I don't think they could really get away with using unmarked civilian types.
Could just be a bunch of wannabe crackpots, considering how unprofessional this sounds.


I saw a couple of marine kids at hooters on sat. They were recruiters and wearing desert fatigues.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:25 PM
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Not anything like that, no. That looks like a Halloween costume. It looked a lot closer to the reference photo of the man at the podium that Squidboy posted.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:26 PM
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oh excellent, can't wait to find out what the word is.



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:30 PM
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Originally posted by gileadfalls
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Not anything like that, no. That looks like a Halloween costume. It looked a lot closer to the reference photo of the man at the podium that Squidboy posted.


Ok, the pic I posted are desert fatigues that were used up until a few years ago. The one you are referring to are ACU's.





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