August 7, 2012
The Army Reserve is taking to the roads in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
“Starting today until Aug.17, soldiers from the 102D Military Police Company will be training on M1117 Armored Security Vehicles on roads in the area,” the sheboyganpress.com wrote on August 5.
“The vehicles can be quite strange and intimidating to the regular viewer. They are heavily armored and about the size of a large SUV,” the Gannett website reported.
The Army said they “wanted to alert the public to the training dates so residents are not alarmed when a pack of heavily armored military vehicles is driving around the county.”
“It’s a situation where soldiers were trained, but need to get time behind the wheel to stay proficient in the skill set of operating these vehicles,” said Capt. William Geddes of the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Mead, Maryland.
The Army did not explain why soldiers from the Military Police Company are training on civilian roadways.
Military police are trained to provide area security in vehicle patrols and are also trained in handling prisoners of war and other detainees. They receive special training in restraining, searching, and transporting prisoners to detainee camps. MP are also used as prisoner guards at detainee camps.
The Posse Comitatus Act ostensibly prohibits military police from performing the duties of civilian law enforcement, except when martial law is declared.
Earlier this year, we reported on the deployment of similar vehicles in St. Louis. “As military vehicles roll down streets and highways in St. Louis, Missouri amidst rising concerns about martial law, the U.S. Army has admitted that having troops conduct law enforcement duties is illegal in the United States,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on June 27.
Watson cites a recent Foreign Affairs piece, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, where Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, suggested that the army be “transitioned” into a more “flexible force” by deploying in situations normally reserved for domestic law enforcement officials. In other words, the Pentagon is actively working to subvert Posse Comitatus and blur the distinction between the military and law enforcement.
On Sunday, we covered an effort by the House Committee on Homeland Security to amend Posse Comitatus in order to allow Pentagon specialists to coordinate with local law enforcement to fight the non-existent threat of IEDs in the United States.
“The domestic IED threat from both homegrown terrorists and global threat networks is real and presents a significant security challenge for the United States and our international partners,” Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero told Congress recently in classified testimony.
The establishment media characterized the explosive devices allegedly planted in suspected Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ apartment as IEDs.
The M1117 Armored Security Vehicles now rolling down the streets of Wisconsin are specifically designed to resist IED attacks.