War Culture On Display At Super Bowl

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Staff note: It permeates all areas of our lives, this war culture. It has become so endemic that most Americans don’t notice it. This article from the Department of Defense describes the value of using military assets for the Superbowl because of opportunities for recruitment and to “connect our military to America.” How about some peace culture instead? It’s better for the planet and all living beings.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 – The Defense Department will provide security and entertainment for Sunday’s Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.

The Armed Forces Color Guard featuring two percussionists, a local military chorus accompanying National Anthem singer Renée Fleming, the renowned soprano, a U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft flyover, and deployed service member greetings, will appear during the game, which is expected to be watched by more than 100 million people around the world.

“We’re … providing military assets to the Super Bowl as part of the department’s community relations efforts,” Warren said. “It has potential recruiting benefits and it helps connect our military to America.”

Security for the open-air, 82,566-seat stadium will be robust, Warren noted.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and National Guard personnel have been on duty since earlier this week providing security and logistical assistance, Warren said.

Warren also reported that NORAD, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, will conduct Operation Noble Eagle air patrols in the airspace around MetLife stadium to enforce the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary flight restrictions there.

And, approximately 400 National Guard personnel will be on state active duty or on standby to assist state and federal officials with security augmentation and civil support teams, Warren said.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast on FOX.

 

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  • toddboyle

    Lot of military commercials coming down on TV in Seattle during the game.

    • HS

      There must be a recruiting drive on for the next big war: War on America.

  • DHFabian

    Makes sense. This generation’s values are war and capitalism. Heck, the US – this “peace-loving nation” – has remained engaged in war, almost always by choice, for a full century now, just taking breaks in between to restock. The masses, the poor and middle class, have been so profoundly divided, pitted against each other, that there is no chance of changing anything.

  • Robbin Banks

    That guy who interrupted was right. 911 was an inside job. Sorry to burst peoples bubble but if you can handle the cognitive dissonance. Go watch – A New pearl harbor 1 ,2 and 3 or visit architects and engineers for 911 truth. pilots for 911 truth. The official story is total BS

  • NOTgaltHouse

    I’ve been wondering all week; who pays for all this security? Certainly not the billionaire owners of the teams; they don’t even pay for the stadiums their boys play in. Must be the good old American smuck.

  • blm1242

    Wonder how many board meetings or stock holder meetings start out with the singing of “America The Beautiful” followed by the “Star Spangled Banner”? This is all propaganda to keep the masses controlled, submissive and believing in the concept of America. The real battle ground is for the human mind.