Military, National Guard, increasingly filling police role
The images: (Top) Martial Law banner in Utah (left) riot squads in Pittsburgh (right) Military setting up checkpoints for Swine Flu pandemic
The G20 in Pittsburgh may have brought the images close to us, but according to some researchers it is a fact that of our times that increasingly the military and national guard - under the guise of "community aid" - are standing in for police.
20,000 troops which were hardened and toughened by the war in Iraq are standing at checkpoints, aiding in community affairs, and standing in for the police in a way unprecedented.
Some fear that Americans are being "primed" for coming martial law.
Certainly, there is a palpable fear of Martial Law, on both sides, left and right; in the blogosphere; on talk radio and television news commentary; in newspaper articles and OpEd pieces. This site gives the definition of Martial Law, and beneath it, "Tips for Surviving Martial Law": http://sidlinger.tripod.com/ml.html
And this, from the blogosphere:
Under the pretext of “helping” local communities short of police in difficult economic times, as well as preparations for a potential swine flu pandemic, U.S. troops are now occupying America as the country sinks into a state of de facto martial law.
We have been inundated with reports over the last few weeks of uniformed soldiers and National Guardsmen running internal checkpoints all over the country as a frightening “Red Dawn” scenario unfolds not with a bang but with a whimper.
The military are now being called upon to undertake roles normally designated to police as Americans are incrementally acclimated to accept the presence of troops on the streets as an everyday occurrence.
The latest case occurred in Kingman Arizona, where National Guardsmen were filmed “providing security” and directing traffic.
Here are some further observations:
As military police run internal checkpoints multiply across the nation and the United States of America officially sinks into martial law, a security force of nearly 5,000 people, that includes 2,500 National Guard troops, Army and Air Force personell in tangent with 1,200 state troopers to undertake “crowd control” and work security for the Pittsburgh G20 summit.
As we reported earlier today, uniformed soldiers are being deployed all over the country to fulfill roles normally ascribed to police as Americans are incrementally conditioned that men in cammo with machine guns will now provide “security” in the new America.