Skip to comments.Ongoing: SC Sheriff's Dept Violates Posse Comitatus With Special Forces Joint Drill
Posted on 05/11/2015 4:39:15 AM PDT by HomerBohn
Only a year after the joint drills of the Richland County Sheriffs Department and the US military raised eyebrows, the RCSD has once again announced that the department will be conducting drills that involve the joint training of civilian law enforcement and the US military.
On May 8, it was reported by WLTX that the Richland County Sheriffs Department will be conducting drills in conjunction with the 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The exercises will take place at late-night and pre-dawn and will run from May 8 until May 15.
Citizens have now been informed that Sheriffs Department and Military vehicles will be traveling in the Lower Richland County community near Eastover and Hopkins as well as Elgin near Screaming Eagle Road. The vehicles will also be traveling in the North Richland County area near Monticello Rd.
The Sheriffs Department has announced that residents in these areas may hear explosives being detonated and ordinance being set off as well as shots being fired.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the departments Special Response Team, a SWAT-like team formulation that is becoming ever popular in South Carolina Sheriffs Departments, with the 3rd Special Forces Group. Lott announced that the Sheriffs department will provide simulated scenarios for the military and added that Richland County an ideal location for training that cannot be replicated at Fort Bragg.
There were no elaborations as to what these scenarios might be or what the training will involve. This is perhaps because the last time the Richland County Sheriffs Office conducted training with Special Forces, it was simulating and training to raid farm houses and engaging in domestic raids as well as to set up checkpoints and chopper insertion. See my article Local Police Train With Special Forces To Raid Farm Houses, Conduct Domestic Raids.
It is worth nothing that the drills will be taking place in the exact same location as last year's drills.
With this in mind, and taking into consideration not only the increasing number of military and joint military/law enforcement drills taking place over recent years practicing the round up, disarming, and relocation of American citizens as well as the ongoing Jade Helm exercises taking place across the country, it is highly likely that these drills are of the same category. After all, the last time they were conducted, they apparently contained a number of these elements.
The fact that the police and military are engaging in joint drill exercises in violation of Posse Comitatus and a long-standing American tradition of separation between domestic policing and military activity is concerning enough. However, if they are training for domestic operations such as raiding American farm houses, setting up domestic checkpoints, and conducting other related raids on the home-front should be terrifying to every single American that desires to keep what little shred of freedom they have left.
Unfortunately, it has become abundantly clear that the American military and indeed the Richland County Sheriffs Department see the American people and the people of South Carolina as the enemy.
It should be abundantly clear to all Americans with functioning brains that our civilian police and the military should never hold combat exercises together. Unless, of course, the central socialist government and state collaborators wish to be able to control American citizens.
The government can't even defend this nation from invasion from millions of illegal trespassers; in fact, they open the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of Manchurian Candidate Muslims to be spread about the nation awaiting their orders.
What will happen next as a result of the inaction by our Congress to what this phony president will enact could be the disaster that causes UN forces to move in.
Oh,,,that would never happen in America. /S
Gov. Haley has no authority over another elected official like the county sheriff so I don’t get the source of your disappointment.
The SF practicing in civilian areas with civilian law enforcement is concerning.
18 U.S. Code § 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.”
A lawyer could reasonably argue that this is training to violate the law, not an actual violation of the law. Obviously, the training serves a purpose, but technically they are not yet violating 18 U.S. Code § 1385.
Just what does the governor do besides sharpen pencils?
“The fact that the police and military are engaging in joint drill exercises in violation of Posse Comitatus and a long-standing American tradition of separation between domestic policing and military activity is concerning enough. However, if they are training for domestic operations such as raiding American farm houses, setting up domestic checkpoints, and conducting other related raids on the home-front should be terrifying to every single American that desires to keep what little shred of freedom they have left.”
The United States has held similar civil war training and preparedness exercises for more than 80 years. War Plan White provided for training in the event of civil war in the United States in the earlier years; and Operation Garden Plot, The Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan (18 USC 1385 Posse Comitatus Act), was a 1960’s implementation of such measures. More recently the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 resulted in Operation Noble Eagle.
Someone needs to explain how these exercises are in violation of the 18 USC 1385 Posse Comitatus Act when in fact that Act expressly authorizes such training exercises.
Let them train with them. They’ll know what to expect and how to put them down when they arrive...
That was my confusion over the assertions in the article - training does not violate diddly over squat. If the military is used for actual policing, then we have an issue.
wouldn’t training to violate the law constitute a legal conspiracy to violate the law and therefore be actionable? Since conspiracy is an offense?
In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime at some time in the future. Criminal law in some countries or for some conspiracies may require that at least one overt act must also have been undertaken in furtherance of that agreement, to constitute an offense. There is no limit on the number participating in the conspiracy and, in most countries, no requirement that any steps have been taken to put the plan into effect (compare attempts which require proximity to the full offence). For the purposes of concurrence, the actus reus is a continuing one and parties may join the plot later and incur joint liability and conspiracy can be charged where the co-conspirators have been acquitted or cannot be traced. Finally, repentance by one or more parties does not affect liability but may reduce their sentence.
This is the definition from Wikipedia - but it concurs with the training I’ve had in the past. The training would be considered an overt act if it involves considering approaches of using the armed forces against civilians. It would then be actionable. If the training does not involve use against civilians the it would not be, but they are walking a very fine line.
You live there and voted for her so you tell us!
I live in Florida and contribute to those campaigns in other states where the perception is that these are ‘Conservative’ candidates.
I contributed to Scott Walker’s various campaigns and others as well.
Here ya go!
What could possibly go wrong? (Rhetorical question.)
Since there is no evidence of a plan to commit a specific crime, the training is no different from teaching a group to use lock-pick tools. I don’t see a crime, at least not in the technical sense.
That’s why I was trying to say it depends upon the specific instruction of the training. However, training to involve the military in civilian matters could constitute an overt act that could then be considered conspiratorial.
Personally, I don’t get why a sheriff’s dept needs spec ops training of any type.
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