Special Forces Train with Cops for House to House Raids on U.S. Soil (South Carolina) [VIDEO]

(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

So it seems for a second time in a year, troops from Fort Bragg Special Operations and Sheriff deputies from Richland County, South Carolina are teaming up again.  Conspiracy theorists have been postulating across social media venues that the newest training program initiative Jade Helm 15, slated to start in July 2015, is what they believe to be a direct violation of Posse Comitatus, and yet our government has been doing exactly that for years.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Laymon, the Defense Force Commander for the 169th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Kenvyn Lewis, combat arms trainer for the 169th SFS, give Sheriff Leon Lott, from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, a tour of the unit’s armory and weapons arsenal. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Laymon, the Defense Force Commander for the 169th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Kenvyn Lewis, combat arms trainer for the 169th SFS, give Sheriff Leon Lott, from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, a tour of the unit’s armory and weapons arsenal. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder/Released)

The Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878, was intended to limit the federal government from using U.S. military forces to enforce laws against American citizens. The recent 7 state training exercise slated for this coming summer has bloggers and watchdog groups setting the internet on fire with every type of “conspiracy theory” imaginable, as one particular blogger from the DC Clothesline exhibits with his notation;

“Many are concerned recent and upcoming military training exercises that pair the federal forces with civilian police officers are treading dangerously close to that Posse Comitatus line.” he continues with; “The fact that the police and military are engaging in joint drill exercises in violation of Posse Comitatus and a long-standing American tradition of separation between domestic policing and military activity is concerning,” the blogger wrote.

WLTX 19, a CBS affiliate out of the Columbia, South Carolina area has described the training as; “Military and sheriff’s department vehicles will be traveling in the Lower Richland County community near Eastover and Hopkins. The sheriff’s department states that people in those areas may also hear ordinance being set off or shots being fired. Stating they are just simulations or blanks and pose no risk to the community.”

Their report goes on to say; “Sheriff Leon Lott says the department’s Special Response Team will take part in the exercises with the 3rd Special Forces Group. Lott says deputies will provide simulated scenarios for the military. Lott says Richland County provides an ideal location for training that cannot be replicated at Fort Bragg.”

As I said, sites that have been dubbed “conspiratorial” have much more to say about such things, such as InfoWars’ take on the exercise: “Special forces out of Fort Bragg are training with SWAT officers in Richland County, South Carolina, this week for house-to-house raids, another unnerving sign of the militarization of domestic law enforcement. The late night and pre-dawn exercises … have been running since May 8.”

They have also posted videos on YouTube that are claiming to be images of special forces conducting night raids in civilian spots throughout the country.


This most current joint event in South Carolina comes at a time when many throughout the world of social media have been posting updates regarding the Jade Helm exercise, an unprecedented training operation involving all four branches of our military in conjunction with the FBI, DEA and various local law enforcement agencies throughout a seven state region.

Whether Jade Helm is truly a nefarious backdoor attempt at acclimatizing the American people toward the idea of “martial law” like some are saying, or its exactly as our government is explaining it to be, is yet to be fully determined by this author, but I will say; “My tin-foil Stetson is hanging on the rack, and I’m not afraid to wear it.”

Regardless of all the “conspiracy theories” surrounding Jade Helm or the current Richland County-Fort Bragg joint training in South Carolina, there is much to be concerned with over this new type of training, because if it truly is a martial law scenario they are training for, or just preparing for some type of terrorist activities within our borders, both are experiences We the People have never seen before.

One last thought; If our governments intent is complete “opacity” in regards to these operations and the general public, then why isn’t the Mainstream Media reporting about it?  The only source of information regarding this exercise that I was able to easily obtain from a MSM type news agency was a “three paragraph article from WXLT 19”.  I’m a curious minded person, I like to know what is happening around me, and I want more sources of verified information.  That is the biggest problem surrounding conspiracy sites, none of it is “verified”.  I will keep digging and researching, hoping to bring you the best possible, verifiable information I can find… I’m just not holding my breath that I can find it.

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Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.

Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams

8 Comments on "Special Forces Train with Cops for House to House Raids on U.S. Soil (South Carolina) [VIDEO]"

  1. All I can say is remember the DHS bought 6 billion (yes, that’s BILLIONS) rounds of ammo. Hmmm…

  2. What a joke army special forces who cares if the cops are trained by them bring it 9n it’s like college students fighting pretty k yall ain’t got shit

  3. Let them come shooting . But just remember that 20,000,000 patriots are armed .

  4. It is sad that this administration and tin foil hat wearing idiots have turned the civilian world against Special Forces. For all you idiots that believe Jade Helm is some sinister plot, how come nothing has happened in the last 50 years of running those same exercises all over the US and the world. This is not new!! Training LEOs in basic take down tactics have been done for years as well. It is not against PC. Only when the US Army is directly involved in law enforcement is there a conflict with PC. The one group of military that WILL protect the US Constitution against all enemies foreign AND domestic is the Special Forces. They will not follow illegal orders, simple fact. Get a grip. This is most stupidity I have seen in all my 67 years. All because one idiot made unsubstantiated claims that went viral. My bet is the Obama administration is behind this crap to stir up BS, divide this nation and get the people fighting among themselves and against the one unit that would protect them against an out of control government.

  5. What’s new is that Barrack Hussein Obama is now in charge! He has hedged his bets with the Depart. of Home Security (with 6 billion new rounds of ammo.) and the I.R.S., also being militarily equipped. These two agencies, plus the U.S. Coast guard are not limited by the Posse Commitatus Act, so that if Obama is unsuccessful in nationalizing our police departments, he still has a very significant private army to command when he declares Marshall Law.

  6. The difference is that Barrack Hussein Obama now is in charge! In the event that he is unsuccessful in nationalizing the nation’s police departments, he still has the Dept. of Home Security (with 6 billion rounds of new ammunition) and the I.R.S., which has also now been militarized. These departments, as well as the U.S.C.G. are not subject to the Posse Comitatis Act and make up a very significant private army for Obama to command when Marshall Law is declared and the U.S. Constitution is suspended.

  7. And people wonder why the vets look at civilians with disdain. We sign over our lives and you accuse us of training to kill you. Fuck you.

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