Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MILITARY RATTLES DENVER WITH MOCK EXERCISE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS A helicopter flies over downtown Denver as part of a U.S. Department of Justice training exercise, according to Denver police. Several helicopters were part of the exercise and would occasionally land and then take off again from the roof of the 1999 Broadway building. . . The flights had people all over town calling authorities to find out what was going on. "It's nothing more than Special Operations Command training with local authorities," said Lt. Nathan Potter, with Special Operations Command, which has authority over special forces from all branches of the military. Potter would not say which branch of the military was flying the choppers over Denver.

The training has nothing to do with preparations for the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Denver in August, Potter said. "It's routine preparation for the global war on terrorism," he said.

"The media will not be allowed to cover this training or conduct any interviews with those involved in the exercise," said Potter.

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