The Department of Homeland Security will be working alongside law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County today, July 4, in full scale terrorism drills. While many law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for some are setting off illegal fireworks (thankfully we don't have that issue in South Carolina, so we'll be launching quite a few come 9pm), these Federal agents and law enforcement decided to coincide one of their biggest drills and deployments for the Fourth of July.

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According to KTTV:

Starting today, throughout the county, those who use public transportation will see more deputy's than usual.

At Union Station this morning there are hundreds of them already. The uniformed officers, some in riot gear, easy to spot.

But amongst the crowds of people rushing to get somewhere, there are the agents you don't see. Working undercover, looking like any other passenger, they scour faces, briefcases and backpacks, looking for anything out of the ordinary.

The details of "Operation Independence" are top secret and that's the way it should be. Only they need to know what the game plan is, like how many officers are here and how they'll respond to a real threat.

Ah yes, top secret. You come out in full battle array and riot gear, along with some plain clothes agents for something "top secret."

Over 1,300 law enforcement and DHS personnel are scheduled to participate in the counter-terrorism drill in downtown Los Angeles, which is to last two days. Sheriff's deputies, along with explosive-sniffing dogs will be visible at Union Station.

"We learned lessons after Boston, we're also heightening a sense of awareness not only for all law enforcement officers, but for the public in general, that if they see something, say something," said Chief Ted Sexton, who commands the L.A. County Sheriff's Homeland Security division.

Sexton says there are no credible threats for the Fourth, though he does say that American holidays are high-profile times for terrorism.

Studies show that you are more likely to die by an accident causing deer or severe allergic reactions to peanuts than in a terrorist attack, though we do grant that terrorist attacks happen and that people are killed.

Fox reporter Gigi Graciette, from KTTV, wants to remind you to be suspicious of your fellow Americans as she writes, "See something strange? Say something." Frankly, I had to chuckle. She's reporting from LA! There's lots of strange stuff going on out there.

Finally the Graciette to make sure that while you are out celebrating Independence Day, you to make sure you say "thank you" as your bags are searched. I'm wondering just what words the Founders would be using instead of "Thank you." I'm guessing they would be obscene verbs. One thing is for certain, most Americans don't think the Founders would be proud of the America we live in and 71% have said so.

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