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NEWS: Does USFK Curfew Violate the Constitutional Rights of 10,000+ Americans?

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posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 12:51 PM
The US civilians who are members of the United States Forces Korea (USFK) are currently fighting the military imposition of a curfew which appears to have no legal basis.
The American civilians have been restricted to their homes at night, currently between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 am by this 4-star general (Laport) and a 3-star (LTG Campbell). Of course, the generals have no legal authority to impose the curfew, on civilians but do have the ability to penalize those who do not abide by it, regardless of the legality. This situation is the very kind the Due Process provision of the 5th Amendment was intended to prevent.

On 29 Dec 2004, a lieutenant placed in charge of the "Courtesy Patrol" at Osan AB, Korea was interviewed on AFN Korea Radio. He said the "Courtesy Patrol" was trying to "scare" people when they found them downtown. This interview took place at approximately 6:03 pm. Apparently the Military Police have never heard of a Terry Stop (from Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 1968).

As of Jan 7, 2005, the Military Police have been advised to back off of their harrassment and abuse tactics by a staff attorney as they are also violating the Constitutional Rights of Americans. This comes after several reports of abuse and injuries being inflicted when the MP's assulted civilians without authority. In conflict with the Eighth Army's characterization that only a few civilians object to the tactics being used; ALL civilians would object to such treatment if asked. Only a few showed the courage to voice their objections. Of course, the MP's are under no obligation to follow the advice of the staff attorney and it is too early to tell whether they will. Bizarre that those who are supposed to be the biggest defenders of the Constitution are here the first violators of it.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

American Civilians in Korea who work for the USFK have been restricted in their homes from midnight to 5 am illegally. The position is that it is for force protection. There is not or nor has there ever been a credible terrorist threat in Korea. The commander of USFK, Gen LaPorte has basically taken law into his own hands and has violated the rights of American civilians in Korea who work for the USFK.

Additionally the Military Police have been harassing and detaining American off military installations where they have no authority.

You can read all the details as well as view additional commnent in the FreeFed discussion forum at

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[edit on 25-2-2005 by John bull 1]

posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 02:48 AM
Here are some links that more or less explain the problem in Korea. Personally, I think this is a tempest in a teapot, to the extent that we all have to follow the rules of our employers and if you don't like it you can quit or get the union to go to bat for us, as these people have obviously done.

I don't know if anyone cares to make a news story out of this or not. Perhaps the civil libertarians can find more fodder for bashing the government with this story.

[edit on 05/2/25 by GradyPhilpott]

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