In his latest “dispatch,” independent combat journalist Michael Yon reports that some apparently unstable soldiers from Fort Hood are openly carrying loaded AR-15s into town, intimidating local civilians, and staging armed confrontations with Temple, Texas police.
According to Yon, one of these soldiers was sent home early from Afghanistan due to “mental issues.” Is it just me, or does this sound like a recipe for another potential massacre? At this point, the Army could easily prevent it from happening. Of course, if something horrible occurs, the President and his anti-Second Amendment congressional choir will immediately scream for another “assault weapons” ban rather than focus on the incompetence of the military commanders.
Ft. Hood, like other Army bases, is a “gun-free zone.” We have seen how well that has worked out, haven’t we? So Ft. Hood soldiers are forbidden from carrying guns on their own base, but are free to openly carry them into US civilian areas.
According to the Army Times and many other publications, soldiers from Fort Hood are turning many Texans against them. The base commander has finally put his boot down as a direct result of one Master Sergeant CJ Grisham who has been staging armed confrontations with police. [snip]
Though this sergeant has been a perpetual troublemaker, his commanders seem afraid to confront him. More lately, he has been carrying a loaded AR-15 into Starbucks, McDonald’s, Walmart, and other stores. He was arrested after a staged confrontation with police, wherein he used his crying 15 year-old son to make video of the confrontation. [snip]
And so now, the base commander has belatedly ordered Grisham and other Army provocateurs to show their ID cards to police when confronted doing their open carry in Starbucks and other establishments. This is a major and manufactured drama in Texas, instigated by the US Army.
Think about it. Does this crumbling Army have a chance of winning foreign wars when they are losing Texas?
Shortly after the election of 2008, the Obama administration began rapidly replacing military commanders with less-competent, but more ideologically-pure individuals. Remember the infamous quote from Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey that having a base littered with scores of US soldiers’ bodies shot by a radical Islamist Army Major shouting “Allahu Akbar!” was a damn shame, but “if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”
Pro-Islamist and anti-Christian elements have infiltrated the military from the Pentagon on down with the help of this administration. A soldier can be prosecuted for expressing his Christian faith, but intimidating civilians and police with military weapons is A-OK.
We may be witnessing the intentional disabling of our military as a deterrent to foreign threats, while at the same time turning it against its own citizens.
Andrew Thomas blogs at Darkangelpolitics.com
Fort Hood soldiers can face UCMJ if they won’t show ID to cops
Fort Hood service members who refuse to show identification to law enforcement officers can face action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to a policy issued by the 1st Cavalry Division commander Sept. 5.
Texas state law requires people to identify themselves to police only if they are legally arrested. But the Fort Hood policy requires soldiers to show their ID to law enforcement whenever they are asked to do so by authorities.
“Soldiers are prohibited from refusing to present a driver’s license or military identification card to any law enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her official duties, upon request by the law enforcement officer,” the memo issued by Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi reads.
The policy comes after recent incidents in which soldiers openly carrying long guns were asked by police to show identification and they refused.
“The purpose of this policy is to assist law enforcement personnel in determining whether a service member constitutes a threat to the public safety, without confrontation, in order to protect service members and civilians from avoidable accidents or incidents that could result in death or serious injury,” the memo states.
Although open carry of handguns in Texas is banned, it is legal to openly carry long guns, such as rifles, carbines or shotguns.
The memo cites as the basis for the Fort Hood policy “a growing trend of soldiers assigned to Fort Hood openly carrying firearms in private business establishments in the greater local area in an attempt to publicly assert their Second Amendment right.”
Asking for ID is a way to deter soldiers from exercising their legal right to carry their weapons, said Robert Sneed, a spokesman with Open Carry Texas, which is protesting the new policy.
“The policy change effectively forces active-duty personnel to provide identification under any and all circumstances,” Sneed said. Soldiers who openly carry are being profiled by police, who ask for their ID and then call the soldier’s command, he said.
In one incident, an officer at Fort Hood was questioned for openly carrying his long gun and initially refused to show his ID, but eventually gave in, Sneed said. Although the officer was never arrested nor faced charges, police called his command, and he is facing a letter of reprimand for conduct unbecoming an officer, Sneed said.