18 March, 2009

Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree

Via CSMK via Drudge:
Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree Wednesday, March 18, 2009 By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor

U.S. Army soldiers from Ft. Rucker patrol the downtown area of Samson, Alabama after a shooting spree March 10, 2009.

The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community. The use of the troops was a possible violation of federal law.

"On March 10, after a report of an apparent mass murder in Samson, Ala., 22 military police soldiers from Fort Rucker, Ala., along with the provost marshal, were sent to the city of Samson," Harvey Perritt, spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va., told CNSNews.com on Monday.

"The purpose for sending the military police, the authority for doing so, and what duties they performed is the subject of an ongoing commander’s inquiry--directed by the commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Martin Dempsey."

TRADOC is the headquarters command for Ft. Rucker.
This, I am quite glad to see as this is one of the things that had me so angry last week and over the weekend.

Lt. Col. Scott Wile may be an honorable man and soldier, is in all probability an honorable man and soldier, but he screwed the pooch by his own admission to Alex Jones:
LTC W: //cuts in// the incident took place and all of the local law enforcement from the state of Alabama responded. It happened in several different cities. It was a very ugly situation. And it was going to be a long, drawn out situation. So, here, in southern Alabama, we have mutual aid agreements with all of our local surrounding communities where they support us when we need help. We support them. We've had several natural disasters in the past such as a hurricane and a tornado. And we support each other in times of need. So, when this happened, we called down to one of the local police departments and offered our assistance. And they said, "Absolutely. We could use the military police.' So we went down. And all we did was provide a support role where we went...we took 20 MPs down there. The local law enforcement and the state law enforcement were establishing a cordon and taking care of the area. So we just provided support, went in. And allowed those...the state and local law enforcement folks to go and take a knee and drink water, go and get some food, just rest for a little while. We took their posts for them. And then when they came back, we moved on to other places to see where we could assist.
For way to long we have let things slide, mostly in the name of convenience and this has allowed us to FORGET WHY these LAWS are in place and what our Founding Fathers taught us.

I wish you the best Lt. Col. Scott Wile, but at a minimum, I think you need to be stripped down to Captain, not just for your lesson, but for the rest of the military as a HARD reminder.


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