Fri, Jan 24, 2003
Military Working Drug Patrol...
There are exceptions to the Posse
Comitatus law (which prohibits the use of the military against
civilians), and one of the most-used is in the field of using such
military personnel and assets in the War on Drugs.
Wars are always costly; and this war has claimed four more US
servicemen. Four Marines in two AH1W Super Cobra attack helicopters
were under the direction of the Border Partol, in a night exercise,
when they crashed.
Although it is widely speculated that the choppers ran into each
other, there has been no official confirmation of that, as a cause
of the accident, Wednesday night, in Falcon State Park, on the
Texas/Mexico border. The reservists were being trained as part of
Joint Task Force Six.
The four Marines (whose identities are being withheld, pending
notification of next-of-kin) were stationed at Camp Pendleton (CA),
but were temporarily assigned to Fort Bliss, in El Paso (TX).
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