POLICE STATE OF MIND
Black Helicopters Over Portland
by Clyde Lewis
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you." --Robert Anton Wilson
On Monday, August 25th, 2008, I presented a Ground Zero Lounge about the possibility of a police state being declared in Denver if protestors rioted at the Democratic National Convention. It featured the Denver International Airport and the Masonic, religious and apocalyptic symbolism throughout the huge mural on the wall there and on other artwork throughout the building.
As I was preparing to go on stage at Dante's, I was called out of the bar by security guards. I wondered what was wrong.
"Come outside, Mr. Lewis. There is something that you should see."
I stepped out into the street, where, all along the curb, people scanned the sky with alarmed expressions. I thought that perhaps they were seeing some anomaly or UFO in the sky. "What's up?" I asked. "I don't see anything."
One security guard said, "Shhhh, listen!"
I heard a faint sound, rather like a lawn mower. As the sound got closer it drowned out the sounds of the downtown Portland streets.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There were two low-flying black helicopters buzzing rooftops and dropping armed soldiers on top of buildings. The only time I had seen anything like this before was in an Alex Jones documentary.
MH-6M "Little Bird" light assault choppers buzzed Portland in a Department of defense excercise that frightened residents. Photos by Keith Casper
As a journalist specializing in various conspiracy theories, one can only report what others say they have experienced. I have interviewed many people who describe incidents of harassment by black helicopters, and wondered whether it was truly harassment or some paranoid delusion.
After witnessing the low flyovers, the men with guns riding the choppers, and the looks of fear on the faces of the people, I decided that what I was witnessing was most definitely harassment.
The irony of the whole affair was that as the Helicopters were circling the city I could hear Michelle Obama on television shouting "I love America!" from her pulpit.
I gathered my thoughts and presented my show. I'd had no idea that it would include a soundtrack of martial law commandos in my own backyard!
For the first 20 minutes everyone had to talk about what they had witnessed, with fear and anger in their voices. I even detected a hint of accusation from one drunk punk who thought that I was overreacting and that the "urban warfare" drill was obviously for our own good.
I am sure that many Americans feel that way: that we should welcome a police state because it is "for our own good." We have stood idly by as the surveillance state expands and the military-industrial complex slowly dissolves the Posse Comitatus Act. We shrug and say that the FISA act is also for our own good. It doesn't matter that our phone conversations are monitored as just another George W. Bush act of treason, or that Barack Obama, the messiah of change, supports it as he smiles and waves from the safety of a TV screen while a group of agents provocateurs plot his assassination.
What kind of America are we enabling? Is our fear of terrorism so great that we now just allow black helicopters to swoop in, practicing operations that will confiscate our weapons and aid in usurping our constitutional rights?
I acknowledge that there was a high volume of complaints lodged at Port of Portland about the apparent urban warfare, but did anybody pay attention?
I know that what is done is done. People were not harmed so it can be rationalized as being necessary as part of our ongoing fight against tyranny and terrorism.
But black helicopters are the very representation of tyranny and terrorism. As a reporter of that which is ridiculed as crank theory, I have been told that the buzzing of a black helicopter in my neighborhood is just another reminder that a "strike force" for the New World Order looms. After listening to the speeches of our Presidential hopefuls, I am beginning to believe that the "strike force" has begun to establish itself in many urban areas so that you will remember not to step out of line lest the jackboot kick you right in the teeth.
Before you tell me that I am overreacting, imagine what it would be like if someone pulled every fire alarm in the building at your workplace. People would run to the exits because there had been no mention of a drill. The fire department would show up and have to investigate every nook and cranny of your offices in order to ascertain the safety of the building. It would be uncomfortable, unproductive and distracting, and if they caught the person responsible for alarming everyone, he would be disciplined or perhaps taken into custody.
Then, suppose you found out that the person responsible all along was your boss, who thought it would be in your best interest to be shocked and traumatized into becoming more aware of safety concerns.
Some would say "It is a good thing" because they don't want to upset the boss. There are others who would silently curse the event because it wasted valuable work time and caused unnecessary worry.
The Department of Defense was responsible for alarming Portland residents with an unannounced exercise. They flew their threatening black helicopters at treetop level. They were dropping soldiers from the choppers on to rooftops and drowning the citizens in terrifying noise, giving them the idea that something terrible was happening to their city.
The helicopters were MH-6M "Little Bird" light assault choppers, designed for insertion and extraction transport. They are modified for special covert operations, especially those in urban areas where they can land in tight spots. They would be perfect for riot situations, because they can be modified to carry weapons and personnel. Most of the activities that are associated with these small helicopters are "Special Operations" exercises.
These "exercises" were practice runs for all-out martial law. They were being done just in case something of "crisis level" threatens the security of the city of Portland.
Nathan Potter of the U.S. Department of Defense claims that 180 people from both the Army and Navy are participating in a joint exercise to acquaint troops with an unfamiliar urban setting. He says that these exercises familiarize troops with traffic patterns, high-intensity infrastructure and high-rise buildings.
So this is why the helicopters were buzzing predominantly black neighborhoods like the Albina District and Martin Luther King Boulevard? Or the politically active waterfront communities of notoriously liberal Portland?
I won't say what this indicates to me. I'll leave you to decide what the drill was about. A drill that was simultaneously being conducted during a speech of a potential future first lady who just happens to be a black woman.
But of course there is nothing really going on. You can go back to sleep and pretend that "black helicopters" do not exist and that the DOD exercises have to be conducted in front of a fearful public in order to restore confidence and order. The level of civil unrest that precedes declarations of martial law needs only one flashpoint, and there are plenty of opportunities to create one during both the Democratic and Republican conventions.
Move along...nothing to see here.
Be sure and listen to the Ground Zero Lounge where the story unfolded during the presentation and witnesses tell their stories: