The Department of Defense started running military drills in the streets of St. Louis City in June. Local residents have been warned to not be alarmed at the sight of U.S. Army tanks rolling down residential neighborhoods after sightings of the vehicles provoked fears of martial law.

Then there’s this…
The Marines Corps created their own law enforcement battalions recently to consolidate the military police and capitalize on police training.
The AP reported:

The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions – a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.

The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. The Marine Corps has had police battalions off and on since World War II but they were primarily focused on providing security, such as accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas, said Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

The idea behind the law enforcement battalions is to consolidate the military police and capitalize on their investigative skills and police training, he said. The new additions come as every branch in the military is trying to show its flexibility and resourcefulness amid defense cuts.

Marines have been increasingly taking on the role of a street cop along with their combat duties over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have been in charge of training both countries’ security forces. Those skills now can be used as a permanent part of the Marine Corps, Durham said.

 

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  1. I’m dying to know how they square military drills on the streets of US cities with Posse Commitatus . . . and who authorized a Marine police battalion.

  2. I’ve worked with LEPs (Law Enforcement Personnel) in the Marines. They attach to Battalion before going to Afghanistan to help them train Afghan National Police. Sounds like they are trying to build that capability because building the local capability for law enforcement is critical to a counterinsurgency effort. Not worried about military being used as police forces within the United States.

  3. Obama expecting election results trouble? from whom? Occupy STL?

    Conservatives don’t riot so there ya go…

  4. We should go back and look at the Corps’ history in the ’20s. Haiti, the DR, Nicaragua and China. The Corps’ detachments all served a combat AND police function. This is simply going back to the Small Wars manual which took the experiences of the 20s and the Corps’ tactics and strategies and codified them in that late 1930s manual. This is no biggie and it is doubtful it came from POTUS. More probably it arises from a search for mission as future cutbacks are being aimed at the Marines.

  5. Not sure why the Army would be training in the streets. We have a lot of great Urban training environments, MOUT Towns, what have you to train in. Pretty sure they shouldn’t be authorized to train in a civilian town like that. Transit through would make sense. I’ve drivin M777 howitzers down I-10 between 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton, but not tactically.

  6. Posse Commitatus. Yeah right-this commie thinks and does as he pleases. And the spineless wonders in Congress do nothing. And I doubt any national mainstream news media will let the country know either. We are on our own

  7. There’s no rational reason to roam the streets in these vehicles that is why they have mock-up towns and training facilities at Marine bases. This is very unnerving especially coming from this outlaw administration.

  8. Super 8.

  9. October surprise……

  10. Guess Holmes antics sucked all the oxygen out of a commonplace murders (happening nightly in a city near you) like this one. No way for the media to sensationalize this, just too common.
    I don’t think it will take the Marines to curb this activity, though if local police need to be allowed to kick the living sh*t out of the scum who are pulling these stunts and then prsosecute the lowlife bastards accordingly.

    Prosecutor: Teens killed man in ‘knock ‘em down’ game – Chicago Sun-Times

    http://www.suntimes.com/13817699-761/prosecutor-teens-killed-man-in-knock-em-down-game.html

  11. Let’s just imagine for a second how the Left and the Media (one and the same, I know) would absolutely totally completely lose their collective minds if Bush were President while this was going on. Hell, they freaked out just knowing the government could find out what library books they were checking out. Why is THIS okay??? Why the hell is there absolutely ZERO public outrage except from Conservatives, who have been labeled by this Administration as ‘enemies’ and ‘terrorists’???

  12. sorry posted wrong link there

  13. Just preparing the masses for the comming collapse and riots which will follow..

  14. Videos of an armed citizenry, left to it’s own to provide its own protection against the uncivilized, back in the early 90s….. it worked, by the way.
    It just takes a few with the b*lls to apply the arms against “the problem”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRc_FlmW2Jc&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCiC6qTtjs&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmsKGhLdZuQ&feature=player_embedded

  15. “…accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas

    Sounds like the regime is preparing (i.e. as a warning?) for unrest during a coming (and likely intentional) fuel shortage for cars and home heating as winter – and either a defeat OR a win for the regime – approaches. I sense that something really “bad” is in the works.

  16. Desensitization. We humans are creatures of habit, and when it becomes the norm to see these types of activities, (which used to be shocking to see on the news in other nations), it will be easy to pounce and take control with no resistance. JM’tinfoilhat’O I guess… I just keep thinking of a mouse who gets fed over and over and over and then one day goes to the trough and BAM is smooshed dead.

  17. “Posse comitatus” my butt…I trust the Marines far more than I trust the Obama’s, the Reid’s, the Schumer’s, the Pelosi’s, and that poor member of the lower middle class, Wasserman Schultz.. The Corps and the Seals and the rest of non-politicized Military are possibly the only remaining institutions in this country that have integrity and the complete faith of the citizenry. Would you not feel safer in downtown Chicago, New York, St. .Louis, or Baltimore if the streets guarded by the “United States Marines” ?
    The Corps (USMC) should have had been authorized for a 50,000 increase in head count when these TSA clowns were creating their politicized, UNIONIZED” DNC contributing conglomerate. The process would have been done with adherence to Marines usual exemplary code, rather than the embarrassing circus we are continuously displaying to our populace and the rest of the world. By the way it also would have been economically much more efficient. Don’t expect me to ever fly commercially again. There are alternative methods of travel you know.
    Que c’est la…
    George Semper fi…



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