Why Were Heavily Armored Military Vehicles Deployed On The Streets Of St. Louis?

Posted on June 25, 2012

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Missouri (The Gaslamp Post) – Don’t worry about those armored vehicles and military trucks rolling into your town, there’s nothing to worry about – because the government said so. 

This panic attack is brought to you in part by: the federal government.  “Don’t be alarmed.”

Military police from Fort Meade, Maryland, are conducting “training” on how to drive military hardware on roadways and residential areas, and chose St. Louis as the location.  That is the “official” story at least.

St. Louis Police say you shouldn’t be frightened if you see Army vehicles in the city. The U.S. Army is conducting training in St. Louis city neighborhoods during the next week.

There are dozens of army trucks, humvees and armed vehicles on a parking lot along Goodfellow.

They are there every day at the US Army Reserve Center. But St. Louis police say that some army vehicles may be driving through neighborhoods for the next week.

It is part of army training that will be going on until June 28th.

The heavily armored vehicles being driven by the 354th military police company had caused a panic which sent hundreds of residents to KSDK-TV’s Facebook page, many voicing their concerns and fears of impending martial law.  Television station KTVI-TV placed calls to the offices of the Army with questions about why St. Louis was the location selected for the training, but those calls remain unreturned, according to Fox-2 St. Louis.

This week, the vehicles are expected to be seen in residential neighborhoods which to some, is a cause of concern.  Others yet say they think the training is a good idea and said that they would “stop and salute” the tanks if they rolled by.

There’s still alot of unknowns with respect to the exercise in St. Louis.

Reporting that he was told by the Army not to disclose the location of where the exercise was operating out of for “security reasons,” KSDK reporter Casey Nolan downplayed the exercise as “not such a big deal.”

U.S. Army Sergeant Cornelius Ivory discouraged citizens from taking video and photographs of the tanks and urged them not to get too close.

“They need to know to stay away from it,” Ivory told KSDK.

The move has many puzzled and some theorize that it is just another step towards the militarization of the United States.  Even though this exercise is considered training, with the ghost cities that our taxes paid for, it raises the question as to why this was done in a populated location.

With the recent uproar over the controversial and unconstitutional NDAA bill, and the recent purchase of 450M hollow-point bullets by our federal government, something like this couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Zero Hedge weighs in on the matter:

I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a “training exercise”, makes very little sense to me. U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis? I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops? Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.

On the other hand, such an action on the part of the Department of Defense makes perfect sense if the goal is to acclimate citizens to the idea of seeing tanks and armed military acting in a policing capacity. Just check out the two random idiots the local news affiliate picked to interview in St. Louis on the subject. Both state that they think the exercise is a “great idea”, because having the military on the streets would help to “reduce crime”.

While it is illegal to deploy the military domestically for the purposes of law enforcement, see also the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C. § 1385), that doesn’t mean that they won’t try. 

The act, which states;  

“Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

…is already being considered something that can be worked-around.

Steve Watson of Prison Planet, exposed an alarming statement made by a high-ranking member of our own military.  Chief-of-Staff of the U.S. Army General Raymond T. Odinero said the following which was printed in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs:

“Where appropriate we will also dedicate active-duty forces, especially those with niche skills and equipment, to provide civilian officials with a robust set of reliable and rapid response options.”

No, he wasn’t talking about abroad; he was talking about right at your front door.

Steve Watson writes:

Odierno suggests that major changes within the US now deem it necessary to use the military in such a way. The General points to “declining budgets due to the country’s worsened fiscal situation”;“a shift in emphasis to the Asia-Pacific region”; and a “broadening of focus from counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and training of partners to shaping the strategic environment, preventing the outbreak of dangerous regional conflicts, and improving the army’s readiness to respond in force to a range of complex contingencies worldwide.”

Odierno suggests that the army be “transitioned” into a more “flexible force” by deploying in situations normally reserved for domestic law enforcement officials. He argues that by doing so, troops will be better equipped to deal with conflict elsewhere.

Odierno also specifically singles out The Army National Guard and the Army Reserve, noting “Today’s army also has an unprecedented level of integration between its active and its reserve components… Our reserve component soldiers are better than they have ever been, and we will dedicate resources to ensure that some of them will be either deployed or ready to deploy around the globe.”

The article presents a red flag to anyone who has followed the consistent push by the federal government to militarize the police and further integrate the armed forces into domestic law enforcement.

Sources for story:     http://www.infowars.com/dont-be-alarmed-army-trains-mps-to-drive-tanks-on-u-s-streets/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act, http://www.prisonplanet.com/cfr-proposes-using-army-to-enforce-domestic-law.html, http://fox2now.com/2012/06/21/us-army-training-in-st-louis-city-streets/, http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/u-s-army-truck-drivers-in-training-rolling-around-st/article_ccc90fb6-bbf0-11e1-bf92-0019bb30f31a.html, http://www.dailypaul.com/241704/military-rolls-tanks-onto-st-louis-streetsbut-why, http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/06/us-military-to-run-urban-exercises-in-north-st-louis-residents-hope-it-will-cut-down-on-crime/

(h/t:  Alipac)

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