posted on Jul, 15 2010 @ 10:15 AM
Even in extreme situations, the use of military for something that can be handed by more civilian means of specialized law enforcement is still
overkill. Now we can argue New Orleans during Katrina with the military or counter that with the ATF at Ruby Ridge and Waco as specialized civilian
I was working at nearby gas station several years ago when our county SWAT team was called in. I had to shut down the station, turn off the pumps and
lights and had an armed officer guarding me for my own protection. In that case, the subject had a weapon cache including an AK-47.
I was at least paid for my time just sitting there, but I wasn't allowed to close up early and leave and had to sit inside the whole time. Wasn't
even permitted to use the restroom or get a Mt. Dew from the vending machine as they were both outside.
Granted it was only for 2 hours, but it was a taste of martial law. And not one I would like to endure for an extended period of time. Especially by
the military where things are more direct orders than from local cops.
[edit on 15-7-2010 by Ahabstar]