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  • U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

    12/13/2008 4:15:37 AM PST · by IbJensen · 11 replies · 803+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Saturday, December 13, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Proposal would allow civilians to activate Army to prevent 'environmental damage' New rules published in the Federal Register would allow certain civilians to call American soldiers into action inside the U.S. to prevent environmental damage or respond to "special events" and "other domestic activities." The alarming warning is contained in proposed rules published last week for the Department of Defense's "Defense Support of Civil Authorities" plan. Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling "insurrections" and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of...
  • U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

    12/13/2008 4:13:39 AM PST · by Man50D · 20 replies · 865+ views
    WorldNetdaily.com ^ | December 13, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    New rules published in the Federal Register would allow certain civilians to call American soldiers into action inside the U.S. to prevent environmental damage or respond to "special events" and "other domestic activities." The alarming warning is contained in proposed rules published last week for the Department of Defense's "Defense Support of Civil Authorities" plan. Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling "insurrections" and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of government. But the new rules go far beyond that, essentially establishing...
  • Welcome to the Police State: 20,000 uniformed troops inside U.S. by 2011

    12/01/2008 3:39:49 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 72 replies · 3,253+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 12/1/08 | Robert Spencer
    It's for our own good And it will be an Orwellian Police State, too: Thoughtcrime is already subject to ostracism and vilification, and what with the UN ready to codify it, and Obama signaling that he wants to increase the importance and influence of the UN, how long will it stay out of the U.S.? And why is this necessary? Primarily "to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack." Of course, to call the Muslim community in America to account and compel it to stop teaching Sharia supremacism and hatred of Jews and Christians -- that...
  • Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

    12/01/2008 10:35:23 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 676+ views
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Dec 1, 2008 | By Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson
    Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security By Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writers Monday, December 1, 2008; A01 The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials. The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said. There are critics of the change, in the...
  • Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

    12/01/2008 7:52:18 AM PST · by Historix · 127 replies · 3,431+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, December 1, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson
    The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials. The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said. There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the...
  • Pentagon to detail military to bolster security (20,000 by 2011)

    12/01/2008 8:50:12 AM PST · by STARWISE · 535+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11-30-08 | Spencer S. Hsu, Ann Scott Tyson
    The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials. The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said. There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the...
  • Army combat unit to deploy within U.S.

    10/06/2008 9:07:33 AM PDT · by BGHater · 46 replies · 1,466+ views
    CNN ^ | 03 Oct 2008 | Larry Shaughnessy
    The United States military's Northern Command, formed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, is dedicating a combat infantry team to deal with catastrophes in the U.S., including terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry, which was first into Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003, started its controversial assignment Wednesday. The First Raiders will spend 2009 as the first active-duty military unit attached to the U.S. Northern Command since it was created. They will be based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and focus primarily on logistics and support for local police and rescue personnel,...
  • Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared

    08/16/2007 6:59:53 PM PDT · by FroedrickVonFreepenstein · 71 replies · 1,968+ views
    KSLA-TV SHREVEPORT, LA ^ | Aug 15, 2007 06:07 PM | Jeff Ferrell
    Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us. Read More
  • Illegal immigration is not the problem, Congress is. (vanity allert)

    05/13/2006 11:59:55 AM PDT · by street_lawyer · 18 replies · 400+ views
         To do more than deploy the National Guard to patrol the US border with Mexico, the President will most likely need Congressional approval.  See: TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 67 > § 1385 entitled Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus. The Posse Comitatus Act - Prohibits search, seizure, or arrest powers to US military personnel. Amended in 1981 under Public Law 97-86 to permit increased Department of Defense support of drug interdiction and other law enforcement activities. Certainly preventing illegal border crossings would involve "other law enforcement activities", and perhaps whatever activities have been...
  • The Unit (Vanity)

    03/08/2006 10:24:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 659+ views
    Last night on CBS, new show about a Delta Force counter-terrorism unit. Depicts both the comradeship of special forces guys and their family relationships. Good actors who fit right in.
  • Maintaining the Divide (Posse Comitatus)

    10/26/2005 2:56:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 344+ views
    NRO ^ | October 26, 2005 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version October 26, 2005, 8:24 a.m. Maintaining the Divide Posse Comitatus should stay as is. I see that my good friend and Naval War College colleague Derek Reveron has climbed aboard the military-should-be-the-lead-agency-in-domestic-catastrophes bandwagon. He's in good company. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the president, members of Congress, editorial writers, and pundits have been making the case for increased use of the military in domestic affairs. The only folks that seem to be opposed are the governors, but we can write off their opinion as an attempt to defend their...
  • A Nation of Sheeple

    10/18/2005 5:23:42 PM PDT · by John W · 17 replies · 799+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Oct 19, 2005 | Walter E. Williams
    President Bush informed the nation, during a press conference, that he might seek to use the U.S. military to quarantine parts of the nation should there be a serious outbreak of the deadly avian flu that has killed millions of chickens and 60-some people in Southeast Asia. That's the second time Bush has expressed a desire to use the military for local policing. The first was in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C. 1385) generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the U.S. National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement...
  • Fighters, Not First Responders(Posse Comitatus)

    10/17/2005 7:38:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 15 replies · 546+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/24/2005 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    THE MAGNITUDE OF THE KATRINA disaster and the subsequent failure of local, state, and federal agencies to react in a timely manner have led some to call for an expansion of the military's role in domestic affairs. "The question raised by the Katrina fiasco," writes Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, "is whether the threat from madmen and nature is now sufficiently huge in its potential horror and unacceptable loss that we should modify existing jurisdictional authority to give the Pentagon functional first-responder status." The president has apparently agreed that the issue deserves a look. In a national address...
  • Bush Call to Expand Military Powers at Home Seen as Unnecessary, Political

    10/10/2005 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Anthem · 54 replies · 659+ views
    Yahoo / One World ^ | Sat Oct 8, 1:10 PM ET | Niko Kyriakiou
    President Bush recently suggested that the military be given broader powers to deal with domestic crises like Hurricane Katrina or a potential bird flu epidemic, but emergency response and security groups in the U.S. say the military already has the power it needs to provide both relief and protection to citizens, and question whether the president's real motives aren't political. In mid-September, after Katrina and the subsequent civil disorder struck New Orleans, President Bush told the nation that the military should play a bigger role in such major domestic crises."It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires...
  • Bush wants right to use military if bird flu hits

    10/05/2005 10:51:13 AM PDT · by tjbravo · 154 replies · 2,089+ views
    My Way News ^ | Oct 4, 2:50 PM (ET) | Charles Aldinger
    President George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic. He said the military, and perhaps the National Guard, might be needed to take such a role if the feared H5N1 bird flu virus changes enough to cause widespread human infection. "If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you, then, enforce a quarantine?" Bush asked at a news conference. "It's one thing to shut down airplanes. It's...
  • Send in the Marines

    09/29/2005 10:10:51 PM PDT · by AZ_Cowboy · 21 replies · 649+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 9/30/05 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Send in the Marines." For more than two centuries, those words -- or something similar -- have been uttered hundreds of times by our nation's leaders when it became necessary to protect American lives, property, interests and security. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, "Send in the Marines," may take on a whole new meaning. This week, while hundreds of square miles of storm-devastated Louisiana and Mississippi are still inhabitable, the House Government Reform Committee began hearings into what went wrong in responding to Katrina. Unfortunately, before we have even determined what went wrong, "official Washington"...
  • Dan Simpson: Remember Posse Comitatus

    09/28/2005 7:19:20 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 651+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 28, 2005 | Dan Simpson
    Latest response of President Bush to the inadequacy of the response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal government elements to the Hurricane Katrina crisis is to suggest that in the future such matters, because they are threats to national security, should be turned over to the U.S. military to manage. The president should peruse the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which forbids use of the military to carry out civilian law and establishes civilian control over the military. Following Mr. Bush's suggestions would require changing the act. That, in my view, would be a very bad idea...
  • Bush seeks to federalize emergencies

    09/27/2005 8:19:23 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 91 replies · 1,153+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/27/05 | Bill Sammon
    President Bush yesterday sought to federalize hurricane-relief efforts, removing governors from the decision-making process. "It wouldn't be necessary to get a request from the governor or take other action," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday. "This would be," he added, "more of an automatic trigger." Mr. McClellan was referring to a new, direct line of authority that would allow the president to place the Pentagon in charge of responding to natural disasters, terrorist attacks and outbreaks of disease. "It may require change of law," Mr. Bush said yesterday. "It's very important for us as we look at the...
  • Catch 22 - Media trap

    President Bush wants to make it easier for the Pentagon to deploy military troops during domestic disasters such as Hurrican Katrina. But a critic of that idea says Bush risks undermining "a fundamental principle of American law" by tinkering with the Posse Comitatus Act.
  • Domestic Militarization: A Disaster in the Making

    09/26/2005 4:05:53 PM PDT · by tjbravo · 64 replies · 1,397+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 25, 2005 | Gene Healy
    In his televised address on September 15, President Bush declared that "It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces--the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice." Senator John Warner (R-Va.), chair of the Armed Services Committee, goes further. In the wake of Katrina, he's suggested weakening Posse Comitatus, the longstanding federal law that restricts the government's ability to use the U.S. military as a police force. Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita called Posse Comitatus a "very archaic" law that...