U.S. Marines and California Highway Patrol Working Together in San Bernardino County, California
Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Provost Marshal (head of a unit of military police) and the local California Highway Patrol office will begin working together 12/12 — and through the holiday season — in a joint effort to reduce accidents and drinking and driving. The combined mutual cooperation between the Marine Corps Military Police and State enforcement officers will begin somewhere along Highway 62. The CHP will set up DUI roadblocks with the presence of Military Police.
This joint effort is in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
§ 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.
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) in the former Confederate states.
The statute generally prohibits federal military 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. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.
Based upon TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 67 § 1385 any Highway Patrol officers who conduct joint effort police actions with U.S. Military can and should be arrested and charged with a felony.
One more example in a long list of governmental tyranny implemented incrementally. Start with a few U.S. Marines on a dangerous road during the holiday season to catch drivers – even U.S. Marines, “their own guys” – breaking the law – driving under the influence – with the good intention of making the streets safer for everyone.
But we all know where illegal action can and will go from here.
This is nothing more than a way to get the unsuspecting public used to the idea of the U.S. Military involved in domestic law enforcement activities.
Clearly unconstitutional. The question is, will anyone care? Not likely, as even Barry Soetoro and the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t think what the Constitution states matters much, if at all.