Last updated on June 24th, 2012
The U.S. military (Army) suddenly feels the necessity to ‘train’ troops in U.S. city streets, raising the question of ‘why?’, as their existing training facilities have apparently been adequate all these years… until now?
Reportedly until June 28, army trucks, humvees and armed vehicles will be driving through neighborhoods in the sixth police district of St. Louis while in ‘training exercises’.
St. Louis Police say “you shouldn’t be frightened”.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 is designed to limit the powers of federal military personnel to enforce the laws of the land. “…it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress;”
“Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Martial law is the imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis—(usually) only temporary—when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, and provide essential services), when there are extensive riots and protests, or when the disobedience of the law becomes widespread. In most cases, military forces are deployed to subdue the crowds, to secure government buildings and key or sensitive locations, and to maintain order. Generally, military personnel replace civil authorities and perform some or all of their functions. In full-scale martial law, the highest-ranking military officer would take over, or be installed, as the military governor or as head of the government, thus removing all power from the previous executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Army offices in St. Louis and in Washington DC have not returned phone calls from FOX2 News in St. Louis, and the army isn’t saying what’s going on.
One wonders if the U.S. Army is doing martial law drills?
Update: We have learned that a group of military police from Ft. Meade Maryland are training members of the 354th MP company in St. Louis. Tanks are rolling on the streets.