October 4, 2012
As part of the expanding effort to merge police and military operations – and make Posse Comitatus irrelevant – police in Columbia, South Carolina, will use military police to control revelers after a football game this weekend.
“Columbia police are preparing for the big crowds expected after the Georgia-South Carolina football game Saturday night,” WISTV reports. “Officials say campus police, Richland County sheriff’s deputies, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Fort Jackson’s military police will help with crowd control after the game.”
In addition to the military, officialdom in Columbia plan to establish Fourth Amendment busting DUI checkpoints, barricades, and an observation tower “to keep the crowd under control” and “ensure order.”
As Brandon Tuberville writes for Activist Post, the effort is “nothing more than a conditioning exercise designed to acclimate the American people to the sight of US Military troops acting as police and to see it as an ordinary event.”
In June, Capt. William Geddes of the U.S. Army Reserve in Missouri admitted that it is against federal law for [soldiers] to do police patrols.”
“Perhaps someone should remind Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno that it is illegal for troops to conduct law enforcement domestically,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on June 27. “In a recent Foreign Affairs piece, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, Odierno suggested that the army be ‘transitioned’ into a more ‘flexible force’ by deploying in situations normally reserved for domestic law enforcement officials.”
Increasingly, police are working with the military to conduct domestic law enforcement operations. “Indeed, the Army and other branches of the military have already been deployed domestically for precisely that purpose on innumerable occasions,” Watson notes.
He cites the following instances: