Civil War: MARINES TO INVADE SOUTH CAROLINA
Marines and sailors will invade Jasper County, South Carolina, this week,Â The Island PacketÂ reported on Sunday.
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will train in the town of Ridgeland, the county seat, in preparation for âdeployment to Mediterranean and African shores,â 2nd Lt. Gerard R. Farao told the newspaper.
The training will be coordinated with local, county and state agencies and officials, including the Ridgeland police and fire departments, a Marine Corps news release states.
Residents are warned âtraining could take place at any timeâ this week in the town and they will âlikely see and hear military vehicles and possibly see aircraftâ along with soldiers in uniform carrying weapons.
âSome exercises will take place at night. Residents might hear âpoppingâ sounds as Marines fire blanks. The blanks do not pose a hazard for residents, Farao said,â the Beaufort Gazette reports. âAlthough there is no danger, Farao said residents should stay away if they see training under way or uniformed personnel.â
Military training exercises simulating urban combat are now routine across the country. Last week we reported on exercises inÂ Miami,Â HoustonÂ andÂ Galveston, Texas. Over the past year, the Pentagon has conducted training exercises â often without warning and to the surprise and concern of civilians â inMassachusetts,Â Los Angeles,Â South Florida,Â South Dakota,Â Minneapolis,Â Wisconsin, and elsewhere.
The Pentagon insists these exercises are necessary for urban combat situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in the months ahead, Africa, where it insists al-Qaeda is active.
However, the exercises have a more immediate and important function â to acclimate civilians at home to the presence of combat soldiers working in concert with militarized police with the blessing of local officials (and often withÂ funding provided by the federal government).
The founders understood that standing armies pose a seriousÂ threat to liberty. âA standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty,â said James Madison. He also warned that no ânation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.â
âA standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen,â warned Madisonâs vice president, Elbridge Gerry. He added that standing armies are âthe bane of liberty.â
Thomas Jefferson lamented that a provision against standing armies was not included in the Constitution. âNor is it conceived needful or safe that a standing army should be kept up in time of peace,â he said in 1801. âThe spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force,â he wrote to Chandler Price.
Far too many Americans understand the great danger a standing army â and one that actively trains with local police, often at the behest of âan overgrown Executiveâ â is to the preservation of liberty.
January 4, 2013