The Illegal Use of the Military
In A Law Enforcement Setting.
In the aftermath
of the American Civil War, during the period when bureaucratic
opportunistsmostly little men with big dreams of
self-enhancementprofited most, the United States Army served its Jacobin
civilian masters in Washington by assuming absolute and dictatorial control
over the surrendered Confederacy.
In those former States the military, under the tight-fisted control of Jacobin Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, became the law unto themselves. They determined what the law was; they became the "police agency" which apprehended those who violated the laws they mandated; and they controlled the courtsand the judgeswho sat in judgment of those accused of violating the laws of Reconstructionalism. They pronounced the sentences and carried them out. Hanging became the rule of the day for most of those found guilty of interfering with the bureaucratic carpetbaggers who were "building a new South."
For a brief
period, from 1865 to 1878, many American citizens learned first hand what
it felt like to live under a totalitarian regime, and feel the oppressive
strangulation of dictatorship. The experience was so frightening to Americans
in the North as well as the South that Congress was forced to enact the
Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. [For those who may not know, the Posse
Comitatus Act of 1878 prevents the central government of the United States
from using the U.S. military as an adjunct law enforcement agency.] Posse
Comitatus was amended in 1981 to allow the U.S. military to "aid" law
enforcement agencies in the war on drugs.
is the reason the Clinton White House accused the Branch Davidians of drug
crimes the day after the Waco massacre even though at that time the fact
that the Clinton Justice Department had used a Delta Force team to storm
Mount Carmel was not yet public knowledge. Publicly, the FBI and ATF displayed
a vast arsenal of rifles supposedly retrieved from the smoldering ashes of
Waco as a means of attempting to justify their brutal murder of 88 people,
many of whom were small, innocent children whose only crime was that their
parents believed David Koresh was the messiah. But, until Bill Clinton turned
the White House into a brothel, stupidity had never been a capital offense
in the United States.
The ATF foolishly
displayed this virtual arsenal during a televised press conference; and the
CNN cameras panned row upon row of weaponry as the ATF spokesman remarked
that the Davidians were planning terrorist activities in the United
Statesand they had the weapons needed to make good their threat. Of
course, at that point there were no Davidians around to defend themselves
from the accusation. However, the guns displayed before the burned out ashes
of Mount Carmel spoke volumes. Only, the media wasn't listening, and the
American people failed to notice. The guns, which the
ATF and FBI claimed to have removed from the ashes of Waco, showed no signs
that they had survived the blazing inferno that had completely consumed the
compound in which they were theoretically found. Once again, the
government lied to the American people.
But even more
chilling is the statement made by the President of the United States in the
aftermath of Wacoand after it was learned that 17 small children had
perished in the flames, but before the American people learned that the fire
was started not by the Davidians in a bold suicide pact, but by tracer bullets
fired into the compound by a Delta Force team in two armored personnel carriers
that had escaped the vigilant eye of the media's telephoto lens which were
preoccupied with the Sherman tank that was smashing into the front of the
building, spraying what the Justice Department maintained was a harmless,
non-flammable gas into the compound in order to force the Davidians outside
where they could be arrested.
Clinton, the President of the United Statesa man who claimed to feel
the pain of the American people--sat in the Oval Office and told the American
people that the government could not be responsible for "...the fact that
a bunch of fanatics decided to kill themselves," adding that "...there is,
unfortunately, a rise in this sort of fanaticism across the world. And, we
may have to confront it again."
As America stood,
numbed by the pictures of the fiery horror that destroyed 88 people because
they held a religious view that most of us find to be repugnant at worst,
the President of the United States told us to expect his administration to
seek out and destroy other religious fanatics whose only crime was that they
held a view that differed from the traditional religious views of most
"Christian" Americans are Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Catholics,
Lutherans, or Pentecostals, few people heard the message behind those words.
The Davidians were, after all, a cult. They didn't deserve to die, but...well...
they were a cult. Their views were different. And Koresh was molesting
childrenthat's what the media said. Well...if he wasn't molesting children,
then he had several wives...and one or two of them were...well...very young.
On that basis alone the deaths of the Davidians were justified by the Clinton
Within a month
or so, most of America forgot about David Koresh. And with Koresh, they also
forgot about the Delta Force team that shot at Davidians who were attempting
to escape from the fiery inferno that had engulfed Mount Carmel. The original
version of "Rules of Engagement" clearly depicted tracer bullets going into
the compound; and that video shows Davidians, who were attempting to escape
the fire, being driven back into the flames by the Delta Force team in the
rear of the building. But, soon the American people would forget that as
And with it,
Americans would forget the latest violation of Posse Comitatus by
the Clinton Administration. The Clinton Administration, by Executive Order
has further amended the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878a legislative
power he does not legally possess. Clinton expanded the use of the American
military in civilian operations by including the "war on terrorism" along
with the use of the military on the "war on drugs."
justification, Clinton is now using military troops with civilian law enforcement
officers not only to wage the "war on drugs," but in preparation to wage
a war on the civilian population of the United States in order to seize the
200 to 400 million small arms which are legally owned by Americans should
the efforts of this administration somehow topple the 2nd Amendment, or otherwise
To prepare for
this "war" American military units are training local law enforcement agencies
to carry out what is termed "Military Operations in Urban Terrain" [MOUT].
When asked, the military replied that these exercises are put together to
train not only the military but the local police agencies to handle urban
And, who are
the urban terrorists?
And, which urban
centers are being targeted?
have been carried out in dozens of cities across the United States to date.
Marines, Navy Seals, Special Forces and the 160th Special Ops Group [Delta
Force], with FBI, ATF, DEA and FEMA personnel in tow, have launched mock
invasions in Miami, Detroit, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Houston and
other cities are targeted for mock invasions as well. Residents in those
citiesand many times the mayors and city council members--awaken during
the night as hundreds of military troops rappel from hovering helicopters
as they fire automatic weapons and explode flash-bang smoke grenades at their
I have in both the military and the Justice Department have assured me that
these midnight raids are joint Justice/DOD projects, Department of Defense
spokesman Col. William Darley insists the exercises are not related to law
enforcement missions and do not utilize civilian law enforcement personnel.
The Executive Branch knows the mixing of civilian law enforcement and the
military is a Posse Comitatus "no-no," so it is not likely that the
military would admit it. However, one former Public Relations officer for
the Marine Corps [who has asked to remain anonymous] did. He said that when
he questioned the military's growing role with local law enforcement agencies
across the United States he was told that the Marines [and the other branches
of the service as well] were doing what they had to do in the post-Cold War
world to "stay in business." "Adjustments needed to be made to maintain
Congressional funding," he said. "If that means training troops for the United
Nations, or teaching local police agencies military rules of engagement,
so be it."
Of course when
a high ranking Washington police official was asked about that, he said:
"The police don't have rules of engagement. They do have a 'use-of-force'
policy. That is, they may use force only to neutralize a situation. They
may use deadly force only to protect themselves or to save the lives of
But the reality
is, the military of the United States is at this time training the local
police forces around the country to deal with urban terrorism in an urban
terrain setting. What does that mean? It means "in your neighborhood." It
means military-trained if not military-supported urban terrain military-type
operations are being tested, for whatever reason, in many large cities and
even in many smaller communities in the United States in a clear violation
of Posse Comitatus.
Clinton Administration believes if it uses the most elite military units
to train civilians to function as military units, but as long as they are
not actually military units, he has not violated the actual context of the
law even though the actions of these urban terrain units clearly violate
the spirit of Posse Comitatus.
in a recent Insight on the News interview stated that these mock invasions
are "...secret combat activities for very explicit purposes such as scenarios
involving recovery of a weapon of mass destruction, incidents of terrorism
and hostage rescue." Actually, the military is blueprinting their activity
in a variety of key cities and creating "models" for an invasion of
Americanot by foreign troops, but by the government of the United States.
But, according to Darley, that is not the case. "We conduct these large-scale
exercises in the Southern States as make believe foreign countries. Charlotte,
North Carolina, for example, could be Paris, Munich or any other built up
area outside the United States."
Give me a
I wonder what
our allies in Europe would think if someone told them we were "practicing"
the invasion of Paris in Charlotte? Or the invasion of Munich in Houston?
Or the invasion of Moscow in Pittsburgh? Perhaps the people on the streets
of those cities might be concerned, but the leadership of those nations would
not. I think they understand, better than we, what these exercises are conducted
for. These exercises are being conducted to prepare both the military, the
federal law enforcement agencies, and State and local police agencies to
seize what I believe will shortly become "illegal weapons" from American
citizens as the 2nd Amendment is abrogated and guns of any type are declared
illegal. As in Europe, after a 90 to 120 day moratorium in which your legal
weapons can be exchanged for cash, those caught with firearms of any type
will be charged with felony possession.
In 1994, 300
Marines at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center at Twenty-nine
Palms, California were asked if they would fire on American citizens who
refused or resisted the confiscation of firearms if banned by the United
States government. 26% of those questioned said they would fire on American
citizens. While I am shocked that 78 Marines said they would shoot American
citizens if ordered to do so by their commanding officer, the government
was shocked to learn that 212 Marines said they would refuse to obey that
type of order.
sampling was done by Lt. Comdr. Guy Cunningham for the Marine Corp. It is
my understanding that similar samplings were done on Army personnel as well,
and that the results were about the same.) It is clear that the conclusion
the U.S. government had to reach from this study is that if the United States
government is planning to seize guns from American citizens, they needed
someone other than the regular military troops to accomplish the task. It
is likely that those in the MOUT units were culled from the ranks of the
militaryand, it is clear they will not hesitate to shoot Americans
who resist their efforts to disarm them.
Today, the military
continues its war-games charade while insisting it is practicing for urban warfare in our cities and towns only because they "...are running out
of training areas" is pure bunk. They are practicing in this terrain because
they know it is preciselyand exactlythis terrain they will be
fighting in should the utopians be successful in their efforts to outlaw
the private ownership of guns either through some piece of legislation that
violates the Constitution but is upheld in federal court as a "needed abrogation
of personal rights" under the 9th Amendment due to the "national emergency
in effect at this time..." or when someone discovers that the Senate somehow
...accidentally...ratified the UN's global gun ban treaty when it
somehow ...accidentally...inserted in some innocuous piece of legislation
that nobody thought to read before passing. Indignantly, the gun rights people
will immediately challenge the "new law" before the Supreme Court, only to
discover that international treaties supersede the Constitution of the United
As Col. Darley
defended the practice of urban terrain "war games," he insisted that the
military arranges the exercises "...well in advance with the local officials,
police and fire departments, and we do our best to go door-to-door notifying
residents that there will be loud noises and so on."
Charlotte mayor Patrick McCrory Darley doesn't know what he's talking about.
He said "...nobody notified his residents about the exercises...they...misled
us." They weren't up- front about the extent of the exercise. "...I had people
calling me at home and I could barely hear them for the noise in the background.
We literally had residents that were so frightened they were ready to pull
out their guns. If an accident had happened I would have had a tough time
living with myself because I didn't ask enough questions...Even my own police
department and city manager were caught off guard...It took a few minutes
before we realized this was the 'small exercise' the Army had planned. There
were between 15 and 20 helicopters hovering above condominium buildings shooting
automatic weapons. The noise was incredible."
Today, a Delta
Force team could rappel down from helicopters over Charlotte, North Carolina
and begin shooting "domestic terrorists" [i.e., radical Christian right wingers
as defined by the Clinton Justice Department] and Charlotte would go about
its business as best it could in the din of gunfire believing what was happening
was just another urban terrain warfare exercise.
It is not clear
if Mayor McCrory asked the Army why so much secrecy was needed if, in fact,
the army was practicing urban tactics for use in a foreign city outside the
United States as they declared they were.
a retired Army Special Forces veteran could tell him. In the November 8
Insight on the News interview cited above, Barry told Insight reporter
Kelly O'Meara "...[t]he official story put out by the Army is that they're
running out of training areas...They never inform the public about what they
are doing and, contrary to what is said, the gunfire residents are hearing
is real. Delta Force doesn't train with blanks. They rely on bullet traps
set up weeks ahead of time to avoid outside penetration of the gunfire.
The reason the exercises
are secret is because it's Delta Force. They operate outside the hierarchy
of command and get their orders from the top. They've been called the president's
army for a long time, and they don't move without his
Force operates today just like Adolph Hitler's SA brown shirts functioned
early in the rise of National Socialism, and later, as the SS worked when
Hitler assumed power.
From the mass
of Executive Orders and Presidential Decision Directivesin particular
PDD-39 which gives supra authority to FEMA in the event of a national emergency,
Bill Clinton also has his Gestapo-in-the-making.
But, like all
despots, Bill Clinton cannot achieve what it appears he is attempting to
do without the help of the military. The Delta Force team is not enough,
even though they, like the Navy Seals and Army Special Forces, are trained
to be killing machines.
Bob Barr has been watching both the growing use of Delta Force to handle
"urban terrorist threats," and because the use of this elite fighting unit
in a civilian setting violates both the letter and spirit of Posse
Comitatus, the militarization of civilian law enforcement agencies to
be used in conjunction with Delta Forceor even by itself after being
trained in urban warfare by the military.
that this is a "...slippery slope."
a more fundamental issue in our society than keeping civilian law enforcement
separate from the military. The line was completely blurred at Waco, and
because Posse Comitatus has never been prosecuted, [the use of the
Delta Force by the Justice Department and the Clinton White House to end
the siege at Waco] will be one of the most areas of the...hearings on
the beginning of this article is a photo of a masked ATF agent. Many questions
have been asked by a good many Americans why American law enforcement officers
performing lawful and legal duties, would need to wear a mask. The answer
is found in a recently enacted Department of Defense authorization bill.
A rule in this bill allows the Secretary of Defense to withhold the names
or identities of any member of the armed forces assigned to a "sensitive
unit." Delta Force falls under this category. Any member of one of these
teams, whether a member of Delta Force or any law enforcement agency assigned
to, or working in conjunction with the Delta Force team, is likewise shielded
by this rule.
When asked about
the need for American law enforcement officers to be masked, Col. Darley
said the legislation was intended to protect the service member and his or
her family from security risks associated with being identified by terrorists,
or in having his or her photograph plastered all over the Internet. Steve
Barry, the Special Forces veteran, said: "The law looks to specifically protect
Delta Force. They're trying to shortstop things like Waco and situations
in the future where special forces are used."
And, you can
almost bet that those "situations" will likely all violate Posse Comitatus
since the Delta Force itself, answering directly to the President of
the United States not as the military's commander-in-chief but as its chief
law enforcement officer, violates the tenets of that legislation based entirely
on the fact that a supra military unit exists in the United