If I am correct, Posse Commitatis does not apply to the National Guard, only the Active Military. The NG would be the force used (most likely) in
events (terror, civil unrest, WMD release, natural disaster, etc) that happened on US soil. The active military cannot, barring martial law, or
actual invasion, or request from the governor of said state, operate on US soil. I'd have to do some reading to be sure, but that's the jist of it.
I have mixed feelings about this. In this age of possible financial crisis, super flu bugs or WMD, multiple natural disasters, etc, you are likely to
have/need an NG presence at some point. They are members of your community, and should be seen on par with the local fire fighters and police. In
fact often the NG does drills with local first responders, red cross, the Civil Air Patrol, etc. However; those almost always are by support
personnel (medics, engineers, transport units, and RARELY involve weapons or combat troops. I participated in some of these when I was in the Civil
Air Patrol and the only time the Guard brought the weapons was if the training was on THEIR base. If the training was in public, it was rather benign.
So, no reason to worry over the NG training.........
These are troops in full combat gear, in combat formation. They have training centers for this.......they don't NEED to be patrolling the local
streets. To say its to get the lay of the land is BS, as most communities have an NG armory, and most of the personnel are from the town or nearby
towns of that armory. So the troops already are fairly familar with the terrain they will be on. this seems to be more of a conditioning program to
get people used to this idea of combat troops patrolling their streets. And the only reason for that is martial law, or repelling an
If this is a routine "training" patrol, I wonder what would happen if I did a routine "citizen training" posting, by sitting on the front porch with a
shotgun or rifle. In most states, that's perfectly legal, as long as you don't point the weapon in a threatening manner. You know, just have the old
AR slung, maybe with a few buddies. Bet that would get you on the news, and make the old NG officers have some serious discussions back at the armory
after the drill.........
I suppose they could arrest you or have you detained, but if it's just "training" they wouldn't likely have that power, nor should they have live ammo
out on city streets for "training", as live ammo, even on base, is restricted to ranges and such.
edit on 1-5-2012 by SrWingCommander because: clarification