Preface by Elias Alias:
Please note that I may update this preface in coming times. Thank you.
I have been having a brief email exchange with an Officer in a Military Police unit. He is a patriot in uniform, and has a command to lead. He understands much about the American spirit of freedom, and has offered to share his perspective as an active duty MP Officer operating under today’s military deployment on American soil. This Officer is also a gentleman, and he has a knack for clarity in writing. I find that his perspective, and his ability to put patriotic values into his presentation of that perspective, has a reassuring ring to it.
However, I also see room for informed and intelligent argument with one aspect of this subject – the subject of American troops doing *anything* in American towns, cities, or States. This is a very important subject and Assassin Six has done a valuable service to Oath Keepers to send in his essay as a testimonial. He has set the stage and I would like to see discussion about the military in general and, in particular, how the Founders viewed a standing army, spring to life in our comments section under his testimonial. I am looking for alternate or varied perspectives, varied perceptions.
The Founders made mention of a “Standing Army”. There are many questions surrounding the fact that our Constitution requires a two-year limitation on any army raised by Congress, especially in light of today’s international political climate. The Federal use of the U.S. Military during the last half of the Twentieth Century is suspect at best, as history now shows.
One such question has recently surfaced in a recommended training paper written by a retired U.S. Army Colonel, in which the “Tea Party” is cast as the “bad guys” who must be controlled by the military. Please read this link for that remarkable advancement in Fedgov’s twisted thinking:
I am not one to be easily reassured, lately. So I have enjoyed an open communication with this anonymous Officer because he gives me renewed hope. (And yes, I have been in touch with this gentleman directly, and am happy to protect his identity. “Six” has given me permission to post this as an article for our front page here at Oath Keepers, but I also will post it as a stand-alone testimonial in our testimonials section of the site. Responses are invited, so please share your comments below the article.
Testimonial of “Six”, current-serving U.S. Army MP Officer, as of August 14, 2012:
Picture this. Your active duty unit is part of a task force responding to a nuclear blast in a major U.S. city. Your task is to escort hundreds of people at a time, with wounds ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to lethal radiation exposure, into a triage center where they can receive first aid and be prioritized by type and severity, and from there to a field hospital a safe distance from the blast. As your troops sweat it out in the 100-degree heat outside the triage center, doing their best to deflect all manner of pleas and demands, your attention is drawn to a small group of men who seem to be elevating the anxiety of everyone around them. You zero in on the group and quickly identify one individual who is clearly taking a leadership role. You approach him, and he quickly demands to know why he’s “being held at gunpoint and forced into a prison camp.” His body posture suggests that he expects to be physically subdued, and his physique tells you that he could probably take you on if not one or two of your men at the same time.
From your training, you know you’re supposed to reassure the man that his rights are not going to be violated, and that this is not an internment camp – but at the same time, you’re looking at the National Guard guy over there with the M-16 and wondering the same damn thing. What if this guy walks off, besides a bunch of people following him to certain death? Will the guardsmen tackle him? Shoot him? Will you be asked to search or detain him? What can you do, besides pray you won’t have to make that call?
I’m an officer in a Military Police company, and this is one of the scenarios I was presented with during a training exercise this month, as our unit prepares to assume a Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) Response Force (DCRF) Mission in the near future. Please pardon my vagueness, but between Secret information and statements I’m about to make that could put me on blast, I really must remain uncommitted to any more specifics. DCRF is a mission given to the MPs and Chemical companies as a contingency for a dirty bomb explosion or similar-sized disaster in which the infrastructure of a U.S. city collapses, whether in part or in entirety. As we assume the mission, we would be ready to deploy for humanitarian aid inside the continental United States.
I am a recent first-time visitor to Oath Keepers, and at first was reluctant to do anything but monitor the site from a distance, but after seeing the article about federal troops patrolling in-CONUS, with a picture of an ASV (a vehicle unique to the MP Corps) I felt compelled to offer my perspective, such as it is. As Soldiers, we are aware that deploying federal troops to the U.S. is constitutionally perilous. We know all too well what we look like in up-armored humvees with dark sunglasses and battle gear slung across our chests. We know the connections that people will make, and the conclusions they will come to. And many of us agree. Putting federal troops in a police role is tantamount to a declaration of war on the people. If such a war ever occurs, I believe many of us have already chosen the right side, enough to make a military takeover nearly impossible.
Before I was sent to this particular field problem, I was tortured with visions of rounding people up into internment camps, cordoning off city blocks to make makeshift ghettos, and pulling people out of their homes “for their own good.” As a citizen, the idea of the military acting in a civil policing capacity was (and is) offensive to my conscience, and as a Soldier, the idea of going into the wild west with no weapon gave me that chilly kind of feeling.
Having had a chance to see the mission play out in the training environment, however, I now am aware of a few mitigating factors that I felt the readership of this site should know. I’ve enumerated them here, in no particular order.
1. Regarding the scenario above – the answer is that we have no authority to hold the man or force him into the triage center if he doesn’t want to go, even if we both know it means an agonizing slow death by radiation poisoning. If we are refused by the Sovereign Citizen, we are instructed to stand down. “Too easy.”
*During the scenario, one of the civilian role players decided to slip out the back of the camo-net that we had set up for shade. I heard one of my guys yell “Escapee!” MPs – old habits die hard, you might say. Believe me when I say that I gave our whole group an earful over it!
2. As federal troops we are unarmed during this mission. The only exception would be to guard a federal installation, such as a government building, and that order would have to come straight from the Pentagon. We are instructed to identify ourselves as “Title 10,” a reference to Title 10 of the United States Code, which explicitly forbids searches & seizures, arrests, or carrying of weapons by active troops.
2a. We support the “Title 32″ personnel, who have such authority. These personnel include the Police and National Guardsmen. When I approached one of the Guard troops and asked him about his empty M-16, he told me that he was instructed to “do nothing” with his weapon, and “seek cover” should a shooting situation arise – which perplexed me as to why he would be standing there in the first place and not out helping us with the litter carries.
2b. We know that this is America, and the people are armed. Out of self-preservation, trust me when I say the gestapo act dies at the lowest level. We are Americans helping Americans, no more and no less. Our typical duties may include casualty assessment, delivering food and supplies, relaying missing persons reports to the Red Cross, infrastructure reconnaissance, decontamination, praying with frightened old ladies, caring for lost pets, and a long list of completely benign tasks that there is simply not enough manpower to cover in a large-scale disaster scenario.
3. Contrary to what some seem to think, the several States are still sovereign. We can lawfully be there only at the request of the State’s Governor, and only until the Governor asks us to leave. Beneath the Governor, the chain of command is: Incident Commander (civilian), Branch Manager (civilian), Site Supervisor (civilian). We answer to the civil authority. They have every right to stand us down if they see fit.
4. We can’t force anybody into an internment camp. If a hasty facility, such as the aforementioned triage center, was to made to gather civilians, it would be there only until proper transportation and medical care could be arranged for them. The guards in those facilities, you’ll notice, will be facing out – not in.
5. Interesting fact: if we encounter looters, even of our own gear, we are instructed to let them walk.
6. As always, houses and churches are off-limits. We may knock and greet as part of a wellness check, which we might use to gather a SWEAT report – an acronym for infrastructure reconnaissance that stands for Sewage, Water, Electricity, Academics, Trash – to which are also added Medical, Security, Communication, Religion and Economy, once the first five are accounted for. But we may not go into your house or church, unless we hear you on the other side of the door yelling “Help!”
7. Riot gear – our only purpose for being there would be to stop a human wave from pouring into a secure area, and as mission dictates, to supplement the police in case they are overwhelmed in a very limited capacity. We’re definitely not there to throw tear gas into a Tea Party rally. Even if we had the authority to engage a riot larger than the entrance to a building, really with 24 sets of second-rate riot gear in the whole company, we wouldn’t physically stand a chance.
I hope this short list of observations helps to put the in-CONUS troop exercises into perspective a little bit. Please know that there are patriots on both sides of this thing, all of us are loyal to the Constitution, and none of us can stomach the idea of disarming, interning, enslaving the American people in any fashion, under any pretext. I for one will be instructing my Troops to be extremely cautious, and conscious of the civilians’ God-given rights. We have a lot of work to do educating our fellow troops. Posse Comitatus, the United States Code, the Constitution and the Bible, not necessarily in that order. They can’t be emphasized enough.
To everybody who sees this, thank you for your service. I’d love to hear your feedback.
Stay frosty y’all. Six out.
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