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Fake explosions and gunfire rocked downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, as police mounted an impressive counterterrorism drill that featured helicopters swooping between buildings and a remote-controlled forklift that carried away a pickup truck loaded with bombs.
"We want the people of Los Angeles to know that we are as ready as we can humanly be," Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said.
The demonstration of LAPD's Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) was the culmination of a counterterrorism conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said the aim of the drill was to enhance training, and remind the public to be engaged in the fight against terrorism.
Originally posted by Vasa Croe
reply to post by iunlimited491
These drills in front of live audience seem more to be about showing that we as citizens should not try to revolt because they have a lot of firepower to suppress. This does not show me or give me confidence that they can defend anything...it does tell me that they are making sure we as US citizens know exactly what we will be dealing with should we ever try to push back.
It is just like any other nation that runs these scenarios that are not drills and actually kill their citizens as a show of power. Do they really think we need to see this in order to feel more secure?
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
Now, lets keep this in perspective....what if they didnt hold these drills, and an attack did happen. Can you imagine the backlash for not being ready?
Thats what people have been saying for 30+ years.
They are showing the criminal how to fight back. I don't think they are preparing for something but in my opinion I think they want something to happen. I know how these dhs work and believe me, they are itching and waiting for the real thing to hit. Not everyone will be prepared.