July 28, 2011
Florida, Posse Comitatus is dead. The Air Force now responds to civilian crime
in the small city, population around 30,000.
Posse Comitatus in Florida. Photo from Homestead ARB website.
“Here at Homestead Air Reserve Base we have the Crime Stop hotline that
allows anyone either on base or off the installation to anonymously report a
crime,” explains the Homestead Air Reserve Base website. “If you know of a crime
that has been committed, if you see a crime in progress, or if you see a
suspicious person, vehicle, or situation that makes you feel a crime may be
occurring, call the Security Forces Crime Stop Hotline…”
On July 15, military police – known as Security Forces patrolmen – detained a
criminal suspect at a Circle K in until Miami-Dade police arrived.
“Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility, the better informed we are the safer we
can make the installation and the surrounding community,” said t. Juan Lemus,
Security Forces Police Services Chief.
Crime prevention off military bases is the responsibility of civilian police,
not the military. In 1878, following Reconstruction, the Posse Comitatus Act was
passed. It limited the powers of the federal government to use the military for
law enforcement. The statute prohibits Army and Air Force personnel and units of
the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement
capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the
Constitution or Congress.
Infowars.com has reported numerous violations of Posse Comitatus since
September 11, 2001.
The military participated in a checkpoint along with Tennessee cops and
Homeland Security in April of 2009. The governor and state representatives were
not aware of the illegal collaboration when contacted by the Alex Jones
In 2008, the Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center and the California
Highway Patrol used the Christmas holiday as an excuse to collaborate on a drunk driving checkpoint in San Bernardino
Following a shooting in Alabama, the Army was dispatched from Fort Rucker to
patrol the streets of Samson in 2009.
Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl called in the National guard to help in
“domestic” disputes in 2009. Ravenstahl used a snow emergency as an excuse. He
went on television and said “be advised that you will begin to see National
Guard Humvees in some of your neighborhoods beginning this evening.”
The above represents just a small sampling of the military violating Posse
Comitatus. The Act was violated in earnest following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The devastating storm proved to be a beta test for military violations of the
NORTHCOM announced in 2008 it would use battle-hardened troops
from Iraq for “civil unrest and crowd control” in the United States. On
September 30, 2008, the Pentagon announced the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st
Brigade Combat Team would be an “on-call federal response force for natural or
manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks,” the Army Times reported.
The mission soon expanded from disasters to every day police activity.
The firewall between military and civilian police duties was demolished with
the passage of H.R. 5122, also known as the John Warner National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. It allowed the president to declare
martial law under revisions to the Insurrection Act, and take charge of United
States National Guard troops without state governor authorization when public
order has been lost and the state and its constituted authorities cannot enforce
The bill was repealed in 2008, but this has not stopped the military,
numerous federal agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security from blurring
the distinctions between military, federal and local police
According to John R. Brinkerhoff, acting associate director for national
preparedness of FEMA from 1981 to 1983, “the Posse Comitatus Act is not only
irrelevant but also downright dangerous to the proper and effective use of
military forces for domestic duties.”
Brinkerhoff cites the Quadrennial Defense Review for 2001 that has declared
homeland security to be the primary mission of the Department of Defense.
Brinkerhoff is a longtime martial law advocate. He borrowed his ideas on
martial law from then FEMA director, Louis O. Guiffrida. In 1970 at the Army War
College, Guiffrida outlined his plan for martial law in case of a national
uprising by black militants. The paper advocated the roundup and transfer to
“assembly centers or relocation camps” of at least 21 million “American
Negroes,” the Miami Herald reported on July 5, 1987, during the Iran-Contra
Canceling Posse Comitatus is not about a benevolent Pentagon helping strapped
local officials and over-burdened local cops save people from car accidents or
the ravages of hurricanes and tornadoes. It has little to do with rioting
It’s about imposing martial law. Propaganda campaigns portraying uniformed
soldiers wielding the jaws of life soften people up for the presence of troops
on the streets. Military checkpoints in California and Tennessee have nothing to
do with drunk drivers or seat belts. They acclimate the public to soldiers
manning checkpoints like they do in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Quadrennial Defense Review for 2001′s declaration that homeland security
is the primary mission of the Department of Defense is particularly dangerous
now that the government with the help of the corporate media has shifted the
threat of terrorism from distant cave-dwelling Muslims to local “far right”