September 22, 1994 |
President Clinton vowed that horrifying scenes of violence in Haiti's streets would not be replayed, as 1,000 U.S. military police landed yesterday in Port-au-Prince to restrain the local police. "Such violence cannot and will not be tolerated," Clinton said at the White House. His statement capped a day of furious damage control for the administration. In one small victory, exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide thanked Clinton and announced that he would return to Haiti on Oct. 15 - the same day Haiti's military rulers have promised to step down.
December 16, 2003 |
They're called the "in-lieu-ofs," for lack of a better name. They joined field artillery battalions in the Army National Guard and trained to fire the big guns. Soon, about 2,000 of these troops - some from Pennsylvania and New Jersey - will be packing M-16s for another mission: protecting convoys, checking route security, and directing traffic as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will serve overseas in a few months in lieu of military police. MPs have become a precious resource in the Army, the mainstay for peacekeeping, occupation, stabilization and law enforcement.
February 16, 2004 |
The tiny village of "Citheron" was silent and seemingly deserted when a company of heavily armed American troops rushed in aboard humvees, then quickly began a house-to-house search. In minutes, staccato gunfire and shouting were heard inside building No. 7 - and a soldier and an enemy combatant lay on the floor, both "mortally wounded. " "We have a casualty in here - and an EPW [enemy prisoner of war]!" said Army National Guard Sgt. Dean Flyte, 38, of Bethlehem, Pa., as his comrade groaned and called out for help.
September 1, 1993 |
RIO DE JANEIRO TOP COP FIRED OVER MASSACRE In Brazil, the state governor fired the head of a military police battalion that officials have blamed for the massacre of 21 shantytown residents. The firing yesterday came as Rio's poor fled in fear and about 300 children, shouting "justice" and "punishment," marched to protest Monday's machine gun and bomb attack by 30 black-hooded gunmen in Rio de Janeiro's Vigario Geral shantytown. Police did not intervene in the march.
October 8, 1986 |
The son of a sergeant found stabbed to death in her Fort Dix quarters Monday was being held for psychiatric evaluation yesterday in connection with the slaying. Joel Jones, 19, had been scheduled for arraignment yesterday on first- degree murder charges in the slaying of Sandra A. Jones, but U.S. Magistrate Freda Wilson in Trenton postponed the proceeding until a 30-day psychiatric evaluation could be completed, post spokesmen said. The FBI said yesterday that no motive had been established in the slaying of Jones, 37, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., who died of multiple stab wounds.
September 18, 1994 |
Members of the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade in Norristown have been alerted for possible deployment in Haiti to help with rebuilding efforts after an invasion. "Only some of the people have been selected," said Walter Sokalski, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. "This is the type of things they train for. " The orders to actually deploy the unit would come from the U.S. Atlantic Command in Virginia, he said. The brigade was among 10 Army National Guard and Army Reserve units called to support an invasion.
May 23, 2008 |
USMC Sgt. Javal Davis, a reservist assigned to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, described the infamous fortress as "medieval," like "something from a Mad Max movie. " But as we know now, or think we do, what occurred at Abu Ghraib was no Mad Max action-adventure. It was real torture-porn. With the pictures to prove it. Now, here comes Errol Morris, the Oscar-winning documentarian of The Fog of War (about former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the Vietnam military action)
July 23, 2012 |
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. The Marine Corps has had police battalions off and on since World War II but they were primarily focused on providing security, such as accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas, said Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
June 10, 2012
This slim young woman paid a heavy price for bringing a court case against the military after she and other activists were arrested and subjected to humiliating "virginity tests. " "I lost everything," she said, "my reputation and my job. " But she brought the case "because I want to stop these things from happening to other women. " A military court dismissed charges against the doctor who abused her, but Ibrahim is pursuing the case in international courts. She gets threatening phone messages — which she believes come from the military police — telling her she will die if she does not drop the issue.
June 11, 2004 |
President Bush said yesterday that he ordered American troops to follow U.S. laws and international treaties banning torture while interrogating suspected terrorists, but he sidestepped a question about whether torture was ever justified. Bush also said he could not remember whether he had seen an advisory memo by a top Justice Department official that said torture was sometimes legally permissible in wartime, despite treaties such as the Geneva Conventions, which consider torture or inhumane treatment to be war crimes.