U.S. Marines In Dress Uniform To Protect Occupy Protesters

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  1. Civil war in 3…2…1…

  2. Civil war in 3…2…1…

  3. Based on history
    some Marines will be involved
    and they will be wearing uniforms
    but the won’t be protecting protestors.

    Let’s not forget what these guys are trained to do;
    first and foremost, follow orders.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Nov 9, 2011 at 11:12 am |

    Based on history
    some Marines will be involved
    and they will be wearing uniforms
    but the won’t be protecting protestors.

    Let’s not forget what these guys are trained to do;
    first and foremost, follow orders.

    • You don’t know dick about the Marines.

      • It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

        Marines are people and every person has their own views. Would you disagree that Marines are trained first and foremost to follow orders? Because they are, and if their orders conflict with their own views, they may still follow those orders regardless.  

        Conformity is strong in the Marines. Even if a few Marines disagree with the groups orders, they are still pressured to conform to the group. It’s all up to the individual, let us hope that individual has a high rank and a view that aligns with ours.  

        You would think being a Marines and swearing to uphold the constitution they would understand the enemy is HERE and its not the people. 

        I hope for all our sake they wake up and realize this. 

    • If protesters begin using violence I can guarantee that Marines will help stop the violence, they have sworn to protect America from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.  Look at the LA riots.  But I also have never met a Marine that would become violent against peaceful protesters.  Egypt is a good example of what happens with a patriotic military and a peaceful revolting population.  I think if done right, the Marines will surround and protect protesters, and will defy unlawful orders to harm nonviolent people.  The word is already spreading in the Marine Corps.  I can’t speak for the Army, National Guard ect.  If anything, the Marines are the one branch that will take a stand against the system if it goes bad.

      • BuzzCoastin | Nov 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm |

        I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
        Smedley Butler, General, USMC (Ret)

        I am reasonably sure that every grunt has been warned
        about showing up in uniform at OWS.
        I also doubt some battle hardened gunniny is gonna be ready to protect
        the “hippie revolutionaries” at OWS.

        Peace out and Semper Fi

        • Not sure when you served, but this is a new generation who has just spent a year or so wondering if their going to get  their next paycheck, if they are going to have retirement and medical benefits after 20 years or more of sacrifice, all on top of the fact that they have spent the last ten years fighting an inglorious war that they want to end.  We are tired, wounded and dead, divorced and disillusioned.  We have as much to protest as anyone but keep silent awaiting our end of active service…but it is a whole different ball of wax if you then ask us to silence or harm those who are voicing our anger on the outside!

          I happen to be a battle hardened gunny in the combat arms field (7th Marines) and know plenty like myself.

          Semper Fi to you as well.

  5. It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

    1.) Get some strong gloves. (For grabbing tear gas canisters)
    2.) Get some gas masks. (For protection against the gas)  
    3.) Get water and keep it in a sealed container. (For obvious reasons)
    4.) Wear a chest protector. (To protect against rubber bullets, tasers, stun guns and pepper balls fired from paintball guns.)
    5.) Get ear plugs. (For protection against LRAD and other weaponized acoustic devices) 

    Be prepared people! 

  6. It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

    1.) Get some strong gloves. (For grabbing tear gas canisters)
    2.) Get some gas masks. (For protection against the gas)  
    3.) Get water and keep it in a sealed container. (For obvious reasons)
    4.) Wear a chest protector. (To protect against rubber bullets, tasers, stun guns and pepper balls fired from paintball guns.)
    5.) Get ear plugs. (For protection against LRAD and other weaponized acoustic devices) 

    Be prepared people! 

  7. It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm |

    1.) Get some strong gloves. (For grabbing tear gas canisters)
    2.) Get some gas masks. (For protection against the gas)  
    3.) Get water and keep it in a sealed container. (For obvious reasons)
    4.) Wear a chest protector. (To protect against rubber bullets, tasers, stun guns and pepper balls fired from paintball guns.)
    5.) Get ear plugs. (For protection against LRAD and other weaponized acoustic devices) 

    Be prepared people! 

    • Colonialmilitiareborn | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |

      Good list only I would add
      6).  A reliable handgun w/ 250 rds. of ammo
      7).  A somewhat close quarter to long range rifle- think Mini 14 w/high capacity clips or drums
      8).  Some real body armor if possible. 
      9).  Good water filter.
      10). Good hiding/retreat spot.
      11).  Most importantly a good leader.  Someone who has military experience

      Because before this one’s over I have a feeling the cops and the national guard will be on the shoot first ask questions later policy. 

      • I would like to believe that cops are not so evil as to fire on citizens in a demonstration.
        But I think they would definitely fire on heavily armed citizens. By all means, make the 1%’s job easier.

      • Leave the guns, rock throwing and Molotov cocktails at home.  If you want to be on the right side, stay peaceful.  If you concede to violence, you will not defeat the military but only justify a violent response.  It’s simple, if you throw a flaming bottle at anyone they will respond, if you shoot at them they will shoot back.  Peaceful protesters should work hard to stop the few trouble makers in their ranks from doing these things.

  8. You don’t know dick about the Marines.

  9. HoboDeiter | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

    Marines have been at OWS for a while

  10. HoboDeiter | Nov 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

    Marines have been at OWS for a while

  11. Colonialmilitiareborn | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm |

    Good list only I would add
    6).  A reliable handgun w/ 250 rds. of ammo
    7).  A somewhat close quarter to long range rifle- think Mini 14 w/high capacity clips or drums
    8).  Some real body armor if possible. 
    9).  Good water filter.
    10). Good hiding/retreat spot.
    11).  Most importantly a good leader.  Someone who has military experience

    Because before this one’s over I have a feeling the cops and the national guard will be on the shoot first ask questions later policy. 

  12. hell yeah, good talk! i need to log off now though. my coffee has inspired a movement moment.

  13. hell yeah, good talk! i need to log off now though. my coffee has inspired a movement moment.

  14. hell yeah, good talk! i need to log off now though. my coffee has inspired a movement moment.

  15. It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

    Marines are people and every person has their own views. Would you disagree that Marines are trained first and foremost to follow orders? Because they are, and if their orders conflict with their own views, they may still follow those orders regardless.  

    Conformity is strong in the Marines. Even if a few Marines disagree with the groups orders, they are still pressured to conform to the group. It’s all up to the individual, let us hope that individual has a high rank and a view that aligns with ours.  

    You would think being a Marines and swearing to uphold the constitution they would understand the enemy is HERE and its not the people. 

    I hope for all our sake they wake up and realize this. 

  16. It's coming | Nov 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

    Marines are people and every person has their own views. Would you disagree that Marines are trained first and foremost to follow orders? Because they are, and if their orders conflict with their own views, they may still follow those orders regardless.  

    Conformity is strong in the Marines. Even if a few Marines disagree with the groups orders, they are still pressured to conform to the group. It’s all up to the individual, let us hope that individual has a high rank and a view that aligns with ours.  

    You would think being a Marines and swearing to uphold the constitution they would understand the enemy is HERE and its not the people. 

    I hope for all our sake they wake up and realize this. 

  17. Conspicuous by its absence in all this is specific directions for what actions average citizens should take if martial law is declared out of the blue, as it could be at any moment.  Do we die fighting where we stand, or allow them to herd us into FEMA concentration camps, possibly to be killed later?  Do we take as many of those bastards with us as possible, or do we meekly hand over our weapons and let them treat us like cattle?  But, really, what should we do if martial law is declared, whether or not the agenda includes “escorting” us to interment camps “for our own protection”?  This is a very real, though very unpleasant even to think about, concern for all of us, and someone or some group should be speaking up about it.

  18. Richard Smith | Nov 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |

    Conspicuous by its absence in all this is specific directions for what actions average citizens should take if martial law is declared out of the blue, as it could be at any moment.  Do we die fighting where we stand, or allow them to herd us into FEMA concentration camps, possibly to be killed later?  Do we take as many of those bastards with us as possible, or do we meekly hand over our weapons and let them treat us like cattle?  But, really, what should we do if martial law is declared, whether or not the agenda includes “escorting” us to interment camps “for our own protection”?  This is a very real, though very unpleasant even to think about, concern for all of us, and someone or some group should be speaking up about it.

  19. We’re in the midst of obscene upheaval. We’re either going to have a revolution or a civil war, unless people figure out really quickly what it will take to placate the masses. Even though it would be pretty easy to do it.

  20. I would like to believe that cops are not so evil as to fire on citizens in a demonstration.
    But I think they would definitely fire on heavily armed citizens. By all means, make the 1%’s job easier.

  21. I would like to believe that cops are not so evil as to fire on citizens in a demonstration.
    But I think they would definitely fire on heavily armed citizens. By all means, make the 1%’s job easier.

  22. If protesters begin using violence I can guarantee that Marines will help stop the violence, they have sworn to protect America from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.  Look at the LA riots.  But I also have never met a Marine that would become violent against peaceful protesters.  Egypt is a good example of what happens with a patriotic military and a peaceful revolting population.  I think if done right, the Marines will surround and protect protesters, and will defy unlawful orders to harm nonviolent people.  The word is already spreading in the Marine Corps.  I can’t speak for the Army, National Guard ect.  If anything, the Marines are the one branch that will take a stand against the system if it goes bad.

  23. Leave the guns, rock throwing and Molotov cocktails at home.  If you want to be on the right side, stay peaceful.  If you concede to violence, you will not defeat the military but only justify a violent response.  It’s simple, if you throw a flaming bottle at anyone they will respond, if you shoot at them they will shoot back.  Peaceful protesters should work hard to stop the few trouble makers in their ranks from doing these things.

  24. I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
    Smedley Butler, General, USMC (Ret)

    I am reasonably sure that every grunt has been warned
    about showing up in uniform at OWS.
    I also doubt some battle hardened gunniny is gonna be ready to protect
    the “hippie revolutionaries” at OWS.

    Peace out and Semper Fi

  25. Not sure when you served, but this is a new generation who has just spent a year or so wondering if their going to get  their next paycheck, if they are going to have retirement and medical benefits after 20 years or more of sacrifice, all on top of the fact that they have spent the last ten years fighting an inglorious war that they want to end.  We are tired, wounded and dead, divorced and disillusioned.  We have as much to protest as anyone but keep silent awaiting our end of active service…but it is a whole different ball of wax if you then ask us to silence or harm those who are voicing our anger on the outside!

    I happen to be a battle hardened gunny in the combat arms field (7th Marines) and know plenty like myself.

    Semper Fi to you as well.

  26. Mcpacheec | Nov 10, 2011 at 4:55 am |

    It seems as a dream but sound like a hope, how can we help you? We can just say NEVER give up!!! Keep on!!! be strong every each day coming gather all of your feeling and keep fighting for your right Fernando V, Pacheco M. from Venezuela the land of Simon Bolivar

  27. Mcpacheec | Nov 10, 2011 at 12:55 am |

    It seems as a dream but sound like a hope, how can we help you? We can just say NEVER give up!!! Keep on!!! be strong every each day coming gather all of your feeling and keep fighting for your right Fernando V, Pacheco M. from Venezuela the land of Simon Bolivar

  28. Well it is his freedom to do that.

  29. Well it is his freedom to do that.

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