By Ed Hohmann
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While everyone has been wondering
what excuse the Federal Government will use to declare Martial Law,
we have been living under it. For years, right here in Texas, US
Army soldiers have been performing civilian law enforcement duties
According to a US Army SWAT Entry
Team Leader with the 38th MP unit at Fort Hood, the City
of Killeen has been using the Fort Hood SWAT Team to serve warrants
and arrest civilians for at least the past two years. Apparently,
Killeen does not have a SWAT Team of its own, so the city uses US
Army soldiers instead. The Army, for its part, seems only too happy
All of this came to light Wednesday
morning when Mike Hanson, cameraman for documentary film maker Alex
Jones, spotted a bus being searched on a blocked-off stretch of
the feeder road along I-35 in the middle of Temple. Mike was on
his way to Waco with a load of building materials for the new Mount
Carmel Chapel. With his camera ever at the ready, Mike got off at
the next exit and swung back around to film the incident. Other
local media were already at the scene of what appeared to be an
ordinary police search.
The subject of the search was a Greyhound
bus that was stopped at 5:00 AM on its way from Dallas to San Antonio
in response to a bomb threat. Lt. Best, the Temple police officer
responsible for the media, immediately approached Mike and informed
him that this was a military operation being conducted by the EOD
group from Ft. Hood. Lt. Best requested that Mike not film the faces
of the soldiers performing the search, but film them from the back
only. Mike said that we did not have secret military police in this
country, and wanted an explanation as to why these soldiers could
not be filmed. Lt. Best responded, "They do stuff like this
and they just donít want the people to know what theyíve done."
Lt. Best outlined the search plan
to Mike. First, the bus had been cleared by a bomb-sniffing dog
and the passengers had been removed to a remote location. Currently,
the passengers were being returned in small groups to retrieve their
belongings to be searched. Then, the bus would be searched a final
time, and the passengers would be free to board the bus and continue
on their journey from Dallas to San Antonio.
Mike expressed his concern about
the use of secret military units to perform this search, referring
to the Delta Force exercises in South Texas earlier this year. Lt.
Bestís response was, "These guys arenít Delta Force. We all
know these guys, we work with them all the time." Lt. Best
refused to elaborate further about the relationship between the
Temple Police Department and the US Army because "I donít like
how you do your business." What the lieutenant did not like
was that Mike was questioning the extraordinary restrictions that
were being placed on the media coverage, rather than meekly bowing
The Waco office of the Texas Department
of Public Safety originally notified the Temple police department
of the bomb threat. The Texas Department of Public Safety has a
topnotch bomb disposal unit, yet they were not called out. Why were
Army soldiers searching the passengerís belongings? The local police
should have performed this duty. The traveling public is not supposed
to be stopped and searched by soldiers. That is what happens in
third world countries. The US Army has no authority over the civilians.
On the contrary, the United States Constitution places the Army
under civilian control. Additionally, the Posse Commitatus Act (18USC1385)
prohibits military personnel from executing local, state, or federal
laws except as the Constitution or act of Congress authorizes.
Two blocks away from the bus, hidden
in some woods was a staging area. As Mike was filming, two black
Blackhawk helicopters rose above the treetops and flew away. According
to US Army official sources, unmarked black helicopters are only
used by Special Forces. Were the soldiers that hid their faces part
of a Special Forces unit? If so, what unit? Why were they searching
a Greyhound bus in Temple, Texas?
When Mike arrived at the scene in
Temple, Alex Jones was just preparing for his Genesis Communications
Network broadcast. Mike called in on the hotline and Alex started
off his show with a live on-the-scene report from Mike. Listeners
were able to follow the story as it unfolded. This was the first
public broadcast reporting the use of US Army personnel engaging
in an actual civilian law enforcement action. It is important to
note that none of the other media present mentioned the military
presence in their reports. The article in the Temple Telegraph
by Nicole Edwards only mentions police, emergency personnel, and
bomb detection experts.
Over the past several years, the
Federal Government has been gradually setting the up the conditions
for Martial Law. According to Alex Jones, we are currently in Stage
3 (on a scale of 1 to 10) of the implementation of Martial Law.
Martial Law is being disguised under a variety of programs with
innocuous sounding names, such as "Resource Sharing",
in order to deflect criticism and keep the general populace ignorant
of the actual situation.
Alex Jonesí documentary Police
State 2000 shows actual US military training exercises being
trained to arrest civilians and incarcerate them in concentration
camps. For realism, paid actors are used to play the civilians,
shouting, "You canít do this to me! I am an American!"
A resident of Hebron, Maryland was ordered by Marines to turn off
his camera on a public street when he tried to film them.
There are several serious questions
that need to be answered regarding the Temple bus search:
- Who called in the Army to perform
- Why was the Texas DPS bomb disposal
unit not called?
- Who were the soldiers in the
unmarked car that were hiding their faces?
- Why were US Army soldiers in
uniform hiding their identity?
- Why was a bus with a suspected
bomb on board stopped at a gas station in a populated area?
- Was this a training exercise
that inconvenienced unwitting, fare-paying travelers for nine
- Was this a search for biochemical
agents or even a suitcase nuke?
Certainly, this was not an ordinary
response to a real bomb threat. At the very least, searching a Greyhound
bus alongside a major freeway in a populated area on the busiest
traveling day of the year served as a very visible desensitization
exercise. Everyone driving through Temple that day could see the
military working hand-in-hand with the local police. The absence
of publicity in the local media gives the impression that this is
a normal, everyday circumstance; nothing to worry about.
The Temple police handed Mike a letter
that they had received from the Department of the Army, 47th
Ordnance Company (EOD), 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort
Hood, Texas. The letter is dated February 22, 1999, and it is addressed
to local agencies. It states,
"This letter is meant to
inform you of the assets available to you from this organization.
The 47th Ordnance Company (EOD) is organized and
equipped to support
not only military units, but also any municipal, state, or federal
agency. Our area of responsibility includes 77 counties within
the state, including the
Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
In the case of situations when your agency feels that there
is an explosive hazard (boobytraps, warrant
service, hostage situation, drug lab raids, etcÖ),
it is possible for you to request that an EOD team be present
for this operation in the interest of preserving
public safety. This requires
an official request to our higher command (see attached example)
from the lead agency present.
do not feel as if we are a Ďlast resortí asset, we are here
to support you 24 hours per day.
Share this information with both the personnel in your agency
and other agencies. Do not hesitate to contact this unit if
you require our assistance, or if you have questions. Do not
delay in the case of explosive related incidents, minutes can
cost lives. We hope that we can be of service to you in the
Although this letter sounds very
reasonable and appears to be concerned with protecting public safety,
it is important to note the exceptions and conditions it lists.
These are actually the open doors leading to a military police state
here in America.
Alex Jones has confirmed with a second
MP, Sergeant Mark Waxler, at the Fort Hood MP office that the Special
Response Team does indeed routinely serve civilian arrest warrants
and executes search warrants off base.
On the day after the Temple bus search,
Thanksgiving Day 1999, a Military Policeman shot and killed a civilian
outside of Fort Bragg, North Carolina during a normal traffic stop.
According to hospital sources, the victim, who was a passenger in
a car that contained two small children, was shot several times
in the back. Although the shooting was carried as a major story
in the Fayetteville Observer, these details were not mentioned.
These recent events are the consequences
of legislation such as Senate Bill 1059, Sections 1067 and 1084,
and US Code Title 50 Chapter 32 Section 1520A. As stated in an October
7, 1999 article on the CNN website about the new US Joint Forces
Command for dealing with domestic situations, "Pentagon officials
say the idea behind the change is to give a president options short
of martial law to deal with domestic crises."
While covering this breaking story
on his radio broadcast, Alex Jones said, "Iíve been warning
people for years not to look for a Hollywood-like proclamation from
the Federal Government announcing martial law; look for incrementalism."
This is not speculation about the
future, it is the reality of today, and it is the framework for
Americaís future unless the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
can be restored.