Skip to comments.BATTLEFIELD USA: De Facto State of Martial Law Declared In Boston *Pics From the War Zone*
Posted on 04/21/2013 5:51:16 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
As news of last nights incident in Watertown, Massachusetts spread, police from all over the North East converged, once again, on Boston. Along with them were elements of the National Guard and U.S. military.
Though an official announcement has not been made, and likely will not be made, the entire Boston metropolitan area is now in complete lock-down in what can only be described as a de facto state of martial law.
By all accounts, law enforcement and military personnel have classified Boston and surrounding towns a war-zone, especially after a gunfight yesterday evening that left one of the Boston Marathon Bombers dead and the other still at large. In a video of the early morning engagement, rapid gunfire and explosive detonations, believed to be more pressure cooker bombs, can be heard as police and residents scrambled.
This has led to shelter-in-place orders being issued by officials, a widespread militarization of nearly a hundred square miles surrounding Boston, and deserted streets throughout the city.
Military personnel have reportedly been patrolling streets, performing door-to-door searches, and defusing or detonating suspected explosive devices.
Section 1031 of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 effectively declares the United States a battlefield, suspends the U.S. Constitution and essentially allows the President, through the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. military, to deploy assets in this war zone as he sees fit:
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Strange how militarized the police have become at a time when citizens are being disarmed.
I have to wonder how accurate the term “police state” or “millitary state” is, seems to be more like a “sheep state” as we make the gtovernment the farmer and we all become sheep grazing away until we are sheared on an annual basuis and then eventually taken to the processing plant to be culled (Obama death Panels)....
Thoughts The Next Morning
Obamas And Bostons Lesson: Jihad Works
I must say, the huge amount of force, weapons and tanks, and how easy it was to herd the civilians is to me scary..
Is this the view of the coming future?
Actually, to me, it was a good sign. All the money spent on armored vehicles, body armor, machine guns (REAL ONES), etc. and these guys couldn’t find ONE GUY in a 20 block area THEY “SEARCHED”. Imagine what they could accomplish trying to confiscate weapons from Americans. Molon Labe.
-——Is this the view of the coming future?-—
It is the view of now, reality, what is.
watertown was under military rule of police. The actual police state existed. It is now, not tomorrow
Massive warrantless searches took place Rights were disregarded.
The state prevailed
I can only imagine how the sheeple wil react when a multi-city coordinated attack occurs.
Will they ALLOW the government to keep them locked up in their houses for days on end? Will they blindly trust what they say? Will they allow their weapons to be taken?
We have become a nation of cowards instead of a nation of fighers!
Shows you how easily we could militarize the Mexican border and shut down illegals and drugs coming over. Libs will violate The Posse Comitatus Act when it suits them. Same as the wounded brother is not being read his Miranda rights
I agree with you.
My wife was in Boston for a conference during the “lockdown”. The conference was canceled because Suspect #2 was running loose. She had no trouble checking out of the hotel, getting a limo (taxis weren’t running), riding to the airport and taking an earlier flight home. She said the airport was a ghost town.
It reminds me of Star Wars, The Clone Wars. At the end a huge army of Storm troopers come in and save the heroes from the bad guys. As a viewer, You of course already know the storm troopers will not always be fighting for the side of good..
As far as I know, the last time Boston was under martial law was during the British occupation that ended on March 17, 1776—celebrated today as Evacuation Day, a local holiday.
Can this be considered a violation of the Posse comitatus Act,
Sixth guy in from the right with his mouth wide open, “Special” Forces?
Now translate this to a scenario where a government is hostile to a large number of the 300 million in this country, and declares them "enemies of the state". I have a strong suspicion that under such a scenario cooperation won't be so forthcoming. Further, multiply the tie-down of assets in Boston/Watertown by several orders of magnitude. I don't think this particular instance is the imminent forcing of a Police State (however much Napolitano and Obama might like to put one in place). However, keeping aware and stamping down any attempts to expand the idea that having police and troops in the streets as an everyday occurance is prudent.
I was flipping channels at a friend’s house this morning, and the corporate newsies were ephasizing:
The conditioning was blatant and rather heavy-handed.
And more sports.
Yep, look at all those AR’s ( probably M-4’s) with 30+ round magazines
look like people trouble maker Michael Moore and David Axelrod were hoping had done the bomb as opposed to al quaida who is supposed to love our administration and not cause trouble in our backyard since that administration has reached out to them in love and understanding, right?
no, how easily the sheep followed orders to stay in is what is scary
“I have to wonder how accurate the term police state or millitary state is, seems to be more like a sheep state as we make the gtovernment the farmer and we all become sheep grazing away until we are sheared on an annual basuis and then eventually taken to the processing plant to be culled (Obama death Panels)....”
yep “take care of me from womb to tomb oh Big Government, please, be our Idi Amin DaDa”..............is the mantra from the idiot populace
C'mon guys .. remember your training .. NO one is to be outside ... got it ?
I take some comfort knowing I could ‘shelter in place’ if need be. Rudimentary prepping, situational awareness, home protection of my own help make that happen. That..and a large dog :-). I need to do a better job with my auto, though...you can’t always be at home when these things occur. I’m interested in doing a better job of prepping for on the road and or, when traveling to other states/locales.
What do you expect when the majority of voters are women?
That’s not special forces, that’s Michael Dukakis.
Govt got in some practice, and determined that the sheeple will obey.
Two muslim animals did not CAUSE the martial law in all but name. The government caused it. Two muslim animals (and then just one) were merely the ostensible reason given.
I want a complete listing of all of the military, police, and various federal armed agencies with number of personnel and weapons involved. I can readily find this for any military action 70 years ago in 5 minutes. I also want the home base of each unit involved. Perhaps a freedom of information order could be used.
Maybe he’s the guy who decided to climb over the 7-foot gate instead of just pushing it open and walking through like the next guy did.
from FR thread here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3010451/posts
The last I saw, one suspect was dead, the second was captured, and the police are gone.
Yes - did the police or FBI ever use dogs to trail Chechen bomber#2? I never saw photos of dogs in this very well photographed saga.
Using blood tracking dogs would be a no-brainer ... esp after police found plenty of the suspect's blood on the ground from the earlier firefight. I heard a police official say they "weren't sure" if it was the suspect's blood - but that's no reason not to track it, even if they hadn't had time to get a definitive DNA profile.
Why hasn't anyone in the MSM raised these questions yet?
Rhetorical question. We know the answer ... MSM are too willing to go along with Boston's self-congratulatory mode -- too willing to try to put a celebratory face on this, too willing to not ask the hard questions, since the bombers turned out not to be Tea Party members.
They're going along with with Obama's vapid "they picked the wrong city" and "Boston is tough!" theme. Enough already.
A definition of "tank" includes that it be a tracked vehicle. No such thing was evident in the pictures in the article. Let's leave the rhetoric to the other folks, shall we, and just deal in the facts.
FACT: at most, the black police vehicle with a gunner's hatch is an armored personnel carrier and that would be stretching the term.
FACT: the military Humvees appear to have been up-armored, based on the windows/doors. However, I could see no weapons on any of the military personnel. How does this qualify for "martial law" if the military is deployed without weapons?
>>Can this be considered a violation of the Posse comitatus Act,<<
Right? If not, it certainly blurs the line.
Fu#$ the wounded brother, he gets no rights. Scumbag.
Killed an 8 year old.
She used to be the CEO of Hewlett Packard. Creepy political ad.
“How does this qualify for “martial law” if the military is deployed without weapons?”
According to the Supreme Court, the term martial law carries no precise meaning (Duncan v. Kahanamoku, 327 U.S. 304, 66 S. Ct. 606, 90 L. Ed. 688 ).
I define it as government use of force to control the population. “Shelter in Place” has become the cute name liberals use for “Martial Law”.
THE MAN got lucky this time...in that others from their clan didn’t join in. Had they done that, we would have seen REAL martial law, probably with real bullets in those police assault rifles too.
Interesting SC cite — thanks for that piece of info.
Shelter in place as martial law wrapped in a kinder, gentler label - I think you’re onto something there.
They couldn’t use dogs. They are unclean and cannot be used on Islamic people. That’s my story.......
This is the template for when Ubama flips that Interwebs “off” switch.
Are you seriously saying that a man holding a firearm constitutes a turret with a weapon?
This was a massive police operation to restrict the movement of the suspect and then do a search and arrest him. The police succeeded in restricting his movement because he stopped and hid in the boat. The police were getting ready to pull out when the boat owner called in and reported seeing something suspicious. The operation would have failed without that tip, and it is arguable if he might have been able to get someone to pick him up or if he would have bled to death first.
Wait until a nuke goes off in downtown LA and see how fast the border will be locked down ...
At some point that will happen...
20 Stat. L., 145
June 18, 1878
CHAP. 263 - An act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and for other purposes.
SEC. 15. From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section And any person willfully violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding two years or by both such fine and imprisonment.
10 U.S.C. (United States Code) 375
Sec. 375. Restriction on direct participation by military personnel:
The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to ensure that any activity (including the provision of any equipment or facility or the assignment or detail of any personnel) under this chapter does not include or permit direct participation by a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity unless participation in such activity by such member is otherwise authorized by law.
18 U.S.C. 1385
Sec. 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
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.
Editor’s Note: The only exemption has to do with nuclear materials (18 U.S.C. 831 (e)
The law enforcement and military who just obey orders are a result of the same disease that's been slowly destroying us for years, and has created the cowering citizens who have no pride or shame. They not only lack the means to defend themselves, but they lack the will to defend themselves as well. They have no sense of personal responsibility for their own defense. Most are a lost cause at this point.
What would these good intentioned people had done if someone had refused a warrantless search of their home? A lot of Americans would have thoroughly checked out their own property, and kept a close eye on everything themselves. I doubt letting them know you already cleared your property would stop them from stepping on your Constitutional rights. If you put up any resistance you would just be murdered. There is nothing impressive in history when it comes to our law enforcement as a whole, whenever it's mobilized in these numbers. Many of the "elite" units seem to have gotten the elite gear without any of the elite training. They aren't showing strength with these displays, but easily exploited weaknesses instead. The DHS would probably exhaust their ammunition stockpiles by shooting huge amounts of it into surrounding buildings, cars, and innocent bystanders.
I believe the media is our biggest threat by a wide margin. I don't see a way to save our nation while it's allowed to air unconstitutional propaganda. It influences the actions of our military and law enforcement, and it will easily destroy any resistance movement by successfully painting it out as a terrorist group. It will use emotion, lies, and slander to destroy any resistance whatsoever; regardless of it's legitimacy. It will manipulate most into believing what it wants. No one will support a resistance that is seen as a terrorist group by the public. We can never initiate any violence, and we can't do much of anything else that will stop the huge leftist propaganda machine either. We have to find a solution if one even exist.
Good call. Do it. Need help?
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