Need your thoughts. Is South Carolina becoming a Police State?

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U.S. Army’s elite Special Forces train with So. Carolina’s local cops in a secretive joint exercise

Posted by Joshua Cook

January 21, 2014
Unwarranted NSA surveillance, the passage of NDAA, stop and frisk programs, and the rise of warrior cops, have essentially turned America into a centralized police state.

Blurring the lines between the U.S. military and local sheriff departments sets a dangerous precedent that erodes freedom and civil liberties.
Those lines are being blurred right now in South Carolina.
According to The State, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will participate in secretive joint exercise Monday and Tuesday with unnamed units from Ft. Bragg.
The drills are scheduled to run up to midnight on both days and occur primarily in Lower Richland, around Hopkins and Eastover. Exercises will also take place around the Screaming Eagle Road near Elgin and North Richland County near outbound Monticello Road.
According to The State, a sheriff’s department spokesman refused to provide which units from Ft. Bragg are involved. Ft. Bragg is home to the U.S. Army’s elite groups, including the Special Forces and Delta Force.
The spokesman also said the drills would be noisy at times.
“Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordnance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel,” a sheriff’s department press release said.

The release said that, “Due to Sheriff Leon Lott’s longstanding commitment to making sure that deputies are trained and prepared for every event and potential threat and his desire to assist the military to ensure their preparations;” the joint exercise is being held.

The secretive exercises are off limits to the media, reports The Activist Post.
The implications are serious.
Locally elected Sheriffs take an oath to uphold, preserve, and defend the Constitution. They are not an extension of the centralized federal government. They have the ultimate say in their county as the top law enforcement officer.
If sheriff deputies engage an enemy in conjunction with the U.S. military who do they take orders from? The ARMY commander? Or their Sheriff?
This violates the separation of local authorities and the federal government. If the separation of powers are eliminated, who will protect the Constitutional rights of citizens?
UPDATE: Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook has submitted a FOIA request to get more details about this exercise.
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6 responses

  1. I and many friends are deeply concerned about Leon Lott's actions. It's difficult to know where it can be discussed however.

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  3. If South Carolina try's to become a police state NO Law Enforcement Officer or there family would be safe in SC.I hope the leaders of this state are not that stupid to try this. The people need to wake up, cops can die just like anybody else.

  4. County sheriffs must also face voters and run for election, and re-election. That is your lawful and peaceful remedy. Get busy yourself to make a change.

  5. Think all the Sheriffs in South Carolina should be contacted and let them know that we expect them to protect Americans' Constitutional Rights and not get intertwined with the federal elite and their evil plot to steal everything from all the people, set off nuclear bombs in your state and eliminate the people, or they could find themselves in trouble, ganging up with these crooks. It's time to stand up for what's right and take America Back from the mentally insane “Secret Government” who are putting chemtrails in the skies and manipulating the weather with HAARP to create these deep freezes and droughts all over the country to create a famine here in America and throughout the world!

  6. Many of already notified the sheriffs, but it never harms to remind them!!
    Pick yours or all from this list – NOT REQUIRED to be SC RESIDENT!
    http://sheriffsc.org/SCSA_Sheriff_s_Listing.html

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