Military Exercises Inside the U.S.A.
After reading this article today I had to ask myself just what is going on here. Could it be that Bush has decided he doesn’t want to give up the Presidency when the time comes and so he is having the military “practice” inside the U.S.A. to get us *used* to things like seeing khaki uniforms everywhere? Or maybe a military coo is happening or going to happen. Read on..
By Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
February 14, 2008
In a move that’s sure to create national controversy, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio told a battalion of armed Marines to get out of his city forthwith.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner ordered about 200 Marines who traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan to halt their military exercises and leave his city, according to news accounts.
The armed Marines — members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines from Grand Rapids, Michigan — were in Toledo to participate in an urban warfare training exercise, one of several planned across the nation by the Pentegon.
According to sources in Toledo, the city’s police commanders, including Chief Jack Smith, were aware of the urban warfare training, but the mayor was kept in the dark.
Brian Schwartz, Mayor Finkbeiner’s spokesman, told local TV news reporters that “the mayor asked [the Marines] to leave because they frighten people. He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area [of his city].”
Meanwhile, according to the same TV report, Toledo police officials said they knew about the training and had approved the Marines’ use of that city’s resources. The hands-on training program was scheduled to begin on Friday, February 8 in the afternoon and end on Sunday, February 10.
USMC Marine Corps Elite Warrior Urban Warfare Training Program includes using city buildings as fortresses and handling insurgents and enemy snipers. It combines advanced combat techniques with state-of-the-art weaponry.
Police officials told reporters that “the unit’s presence would have a minimal impact on the city.” In fact, they said that the Toledo Police Department issued a media release earlier in the week notifying the news media and public that the marines would be wearing green camouflage uniforms, operate military vehicles, carry rifles, perform foot patrols, and fire blank ammunition during their urban warfare training.
So, I looked up the 32 C.F.R. § 501.4 Martial law that this article refers to in order to get a better idea what was going on here. According to this document, what the military is doing is illegal. They should only be able to do such things in the event of a need for military support in ADDITION TO local law enforcement. At least if I’m reading this correctly.
Title 32: National Defense
PART 501—EMPLOYMENT OF TROOPS IN AID OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES
§ 501.4 Martial law.
It is unlikely that situations requiring the commitment of Federal Armed Forces will necessitate the declaration of martial law. When Federal Armed Forces are committed in the event of civil disturbances, their proper role is to support, not supplant, civil authority. Martial law depends for its justification upon public necessity. Necessity gives rise to its creation; necessity justifies its exercise; and necessity limits its duration. The extent of the military force used and the actual measures taken, consequently, will depend upon the actual threat to order and public safety which exists at the time. In most instances the decision to impose martial law is made by the President, who normally announces his decision by a proclamation, which usually contains his instructions concerning its exercise and any limitations thereon. However, the decision to impose martial law may be made by the local commander on the spot, if the circumstances demand immediate action, and time and available communications facilities do not permit obtaining prior approval from higher authority (§501.2). Whether or not a proclamation exists, it is incumbent upon commanders concerned to weigh every proposed action against the threat to public order and safety it is designed to meet, in order that the necessity therefor may be ascertained. When Federal Armed Forces have been committed in an objective area in a martial law situation, the population of the affected area will be informed of the rules of conduct and other restrictive measures the military is authorized to enforce. These will normally be announced by proclamation or order and will be given the widest possible publicity by all available media. Federal Armed Forces ordinarily will exercise police powers previously inoperative in the affected area, restore and maintain order, insure the essential mechanics of distribution, transportation, and communication, and initiate necessary relief measures.
I couldn’t find article Justia 501.2. The references I found had to do with budgets and they weren’t anything that spanned the country, just for New York and one other city.
But according to this Justia 501.4 Martial Law, it is conceivable that a military strike WITHIN OUR OWN COUNTRY could take place. The way things have been going lately it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Our military is way out of control. Not the young men and women fighting, but those in charge. Like all the rest of our government lately, they seem to have forgotten that they SERVE the PUBLIC INTEREST and not see us as their subjects.
People like me who are speaking out may start to disappear. The similarities between what is happening in this country and Nazi Germany are too striking to deny. If this happens, I wish my fellow Americans the best of luck.