As events unfurled and information was forthcoming from the Boston Marathon bombing I was mainly baffled by the media frenzy I was watching on the networks. So much attention being given to a single event affecting so few American's. Horrific, yes that human lives were taken again on American soil but realistically on a scale that pales in comparison to so many dead and maimed from IED explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan, even 9-11 which devastated Americans and paved the way, unquestioned, to war with Iraq. At first I watched with simple curiosity, then apprehension as the news media proved again to be unreliable, and in cases factually wrong, making unfounded statements leading confused minds to grasp fears of terrorist connections that could not be based on fact and re-fueling the fires, smouldering from past horrific loss of American lives on our beloved soil.
No questions? Photo's that identified perpetrators, amazingly good, video that would be considered "gold" by any law enforcement agency, eventually shown the public. No questions? These young men, amazingly qualified in the art of war, seeming well supplied with weaponry, with an agenda, at times seeming amateur, at others with military precision. Factors, placing them at their final destination, can be explained to a non-tactical mind as perhaps a noose closing, choking off their air, no place to go. To a tactical mind, questions arise. Arsenals or weaponry held, actions taken by the perpetrators cloud earlier deductions by the media of amateur terrorism. Not a believer in conspiracy theories, I watched my apprehension growing as the media dribbled out bits of information as though by script, play by play, stoking fires, waking sleeping fears, herding the masses to accept government intervention...unquestioned!
Retired, an old military dog, put to pasture, memories still clear of years of tests of coordination, drills to hone and sharpen skills that kept our military's rating as the best of the best. My alarms ringing loudly, how best to measure success of past training and behavior control than to implement a drill of "martial law". A controlled environment, where a low key declaration, not specifically named as martial law, would be needed. What better place for testing than a middle class area where law abiding citizens don't wake up each morning checking their weapons for readiness instead, teachers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, the backbone of our countries greatness. Intelligent citizens who could accept being placed on lock down, even appreciating a personal visit from a law enforcement agent telling them the situation was under control and for their safety must remain inside until otherwise notified. The perfect test site to evaluate human behavior and minimize risk to citizens.
Information gleaned from such a test would be invaluable! Past events in our history clearly document deliberate attempts by our government to suppress the horrors of war and isolate the masses from the true costs. The average citizen has suffered little from our wars and go about their routines, stating their support for our troops, glad they aren't involved. Less than 1% of our citizens attend these wars and news of their progress and losses are strictly controlled. How can success of these years of conditioning be tested? How will the public respond to threat of martial law? This information would be required to adjust conditioning, verify success and implement new programs. I propose this question to you, who read this. Would this be so different than a drill on board a fighting Naval ship, implementing General Quarters, calling all on board to fighting stations? A drill of conflaguration, the most dreaded act a sailor can imagine, uncontrolled fire, miles out at sea. Drills are conducted constantly accessing the crew's ability to defend their ship and save lives, keeping battle ready, to continue the fight. Those not of a military mind...how about this, "This is a test of the public broadcasting station.......
Not a believer in conspiracy theories, I am a believer in accessing training and testing to evaluate effectiveness. My article like most that question our state of affairs will leave more questions than answers. For instance, these three individuals, young but deadly, following a perhaps pre-planned agenda, adjusting on the move, involving citizens with information to confirm their identity, leaving them untouched. A crescendo increasing, mounting to an climactic end...Death, a finality...would be an end to answers, and a tidy clean up for the end of a carefully thought drill and American's short term memory. The dead answer few questions and the media's fuel with no more facts would burn away leaving the next crisis to be viewed. A conspiracy theorist, could say these individuals are a small arm of a well trained international terrorist group or simply home grown terrorists, or more radical, our government grasping at an opportunity to implement a drill to evaluate the effectiveness of past crowd control techniques. I am not concerned with the "who" but more so with the "why"! Hypothetically, If I wanted to conduct a drill and obtain test data, I would carefully set up my experiment with cold scientific calculation, I would want to control all variables and minimize the possibility of chaos. If you follow my train of thought, what have you learned from this test..a test to place a entire city under martial law? Single Individuals running free in a country surrounded by the finest law enforcement agencies with numbers in the thousands cannot stop a few individuals without shutting down an entire geographical area...Unofficially declaring Martial Law!
What truly scares me is the information gleaned from this test, the American public has been conditioned! We have been conditioned to accept unquestioned, the words of officials to lead us to war, to allow the use of drones to attack our enemies abroad with little oversight..maybe soon if not already, to patrol the skies of our cities armed with death! This test confirms to me..but more importantly...to the conductors that we the proud, the brave are willing to forgo our freedom, conditioning successful, fear instead of rage surging through our veins. Our forefathers, heads bowed in shame at how easily we are willing to give up our freedom..our lives!
As I end my words, my past ringing in my ears, my internal alarms devastating my calm...I clearly hear the sounds of my past calling me to battle...."General Quarters...All Hands on Deck...Now Hear This..This is not a Drill".