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    National Guard Soldiers to Usher in New Year at Times Square By Kurt
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2009
      National Guard Soldiers to Usher in New Year at Times Square
      in-new.html> By Kurt Nimmo

      Later this evening as the newfangled Times Square Ball descends in
      Manhattan, you may see New York National Guard soldiers patrolling with
      the NYPD as you watch on television. "Under orders from New York
      Governor David Paterson, members of the New York Army and Air National
      Guard will conduct additional security missions and stand ready to
      respond to city authorities if a man-made or natural emergency occurs,"
      reports Jim Kouri
      nyc/> , who is currently fifth vice-president of the National
      Association of Chiefs of Police.

      Short of a hurricane, blizzard, or al-Qaeda bio attack — all
      extremely unlikely — the presence of armed soldiers on the streets
      during the celebration has an obvious purpose: to get you accustomed to
      soldiers working with the police.

      Earlier this month, the U.S. military announced it will place 20,000
      troops on the streets of America by 2011. "But the Bush administration
      and some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role
      since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat is
      terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,"
      the Washington Post
      13002217_pf.html> reported on December 1. "The Pentagon's plan calls
      for three rapid-reaction forces to be ready for emergency response by
      September 2011. The first 4,700-person unit, built around an active-duty
      combat brigade based at Fort Stewart, Ga., was available as of Oct. 1,
      said Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern

      The Pentagon plans to include the National Guard and reserve units in
      this effort. "All would be trained to respond to a domestic chemical,
      biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attack, or
      CBRNE event, as the military calls it."

      In October, the Department of Defense announced it was assigning a
      full-time Army unit to be "on call" to facilitate military cooperation
      with the Department of Homeland Security. On October 1, the Army Times
      <http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/> reported
      Northern Command's deployment of the Army's battle-hardened 3rd Infantry
      Division 1st Brigade Combat Team, ostensibly to respond to a natural
      disaster or terror attack.

      According to Bert B. Tussing, director of homeland defense and security
      issues at the U.S. Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership,
      the long standing Pentagon plan "breaks the mold" by assigning an
      active-duty combat brigade to the Northern Command for the first time.
      Although Mr. Tussing did not mention it, this plan also breaks the Posse
      Comitatus Act that forbids the military working with law enforcement.

      "The National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team, a full-time,
      rapid-response element that detects chemical, biological or radiological
      hazards, also will provide a detachment in Manhattan to support the New
      York Police Department," Kouri continues. "The 22-man detachment, based
      at the Scotia Air National Guard Base near Schenectady, NY, has worked
      with New York City police for counterterrorism support operations since
      the unit's formation in 2000, according to police officials." In other
      words, the unconstitutional deployment was on the agenda well before the
      attacks of September 11, 2001.

      In addition to parading uniformed and armed soldiers on the streets, the
      New York National Guard will provide liaison officers to New York's
      emergency management office and the New York City Police Department,
      according to Kouri, again a direct violation of Posse Comitatus.

      Predictably, the New York Times and the rest of the corporate media are
      ignoring this report based on information obtained by the 14,000-member
      National Association of Chiefs of Police.
      Don't be surprised if you see soldiers toting carbines mingling with the
      revelers later this evening. It is all part of a psychological warfare
      campaign to get you acclimated to the incremental presence of troops on
      the streets and the implementation of a police state.

      Army combat unit to deploy within U.S.
      Larry Shaughnessy
      CNN Pentagon producer

      Soldiers preparing for a mission coordinated by Joint Task Force North,
      the U.S. Northern Command unit.

      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, the Army says.

      The plan is drawing skepticism from some observers who are concerned
      that the unit has been training with equipment generally used in law
      enforcement, including beanbag bullets, Tasers, spike strips and

      That kind of training seems a bit out of line for the unit's designated
      role as Northern Command's CCMRF (Sea Smurf), or CBRNE Consequence
      Management Response Force. CBRNE stands for chemical, biological,
      radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents.

      According to Northern
      <http://topics.cnn.com/topics/u_s_northern_command> >'s Web site, the
      CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force is a team that will
      ultimately number about 4,700 personnel from the different military
      branches that would deploy as the Department of Defense's initial
      response force.

      Its capabilities include search and rescue, decontamination, medical,
      aviation, communications and logistical support. Each CCMRF will be
      composed of three functional task forces -- Task Force Operations, Task
      Force Medical and Task Force Aviation -- that have individual
      operational focus and mission skills, the Web site says.

      The Army<http://topics.cnn.com/topics/U_S_Army
      <http://topics.cnn.com/topics/U_S_Army> > says the unit would be
      deployed to help local, state or federal agencies deal with such
      incidents, not take the lead. The law enforcement-type training is not
      connected to its new mission, it says.

      Use of active-duty military as a domestic police force has been severely
      limited since passage of the Posse Comitatus Act following the Civil

      Bloggers are criticizing the new force, saying that because it has been
      training in law enforcement tactics it could be be used for domestic law

      Troops may be trained in non-lethal tactics, but they are not trained
      for what they may have to deal with in domestic situations, said Gene
      Healy, a vice president of the conservative think-tank Cato Institute.

      Healy said civilian police and, if circumstances are extreme, National
      Guard troops under the command of state governors should keep the peace.

      "Federal troops should always be a last resort, never a first
      responder," he said.

      Critics also point to a General Accounting Office study in 2003 that
      found that domestic security missions put a strain on a military
      stretched thin by two simultaneous wars, and that a unit's readiness for
      combat is reduced if the members have to take time out to respond to an
      emergency at home.

      The U.S. military "is not a Swiss Army knife," ready to fight the
      Taliban one week, respond to a hurricane the next and put down a major
      political protest the third week, Healy said.

      The Army says the non-lethal training is an outgrowth of missions that
      troops have faced around the world in recent years.

      "We need a lot more in our toolbox in order to deal with angry people on
      the street," said Col. Barry Johnson of U.S. Army North.

      The units are well-trained in the skills they might need to assist the
      Northern Command, and that won't weaken the unit when and if it goes
      back to Iraq.

      The designation of a specific unit as the CCMRF is a step forward, he

      The active-duty military has long had units capable of handling
      chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or other domestic
      emergencies, such as hurricanes, Johnson said. But they were assigned as
      needed. Now they will have a unit that knows in advance that it might be
      called upon to respond in a domestic emergency.

      "We don't have the luxury to wish these things away. We have to imagine
      the unimaginable," Johnson said.


      ACLU Demands Information On Military Deployment Within U.S. Borders
      Deployment Erodes Longstanding Separation Between Civilian And Military

      CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@... <mailto:media@...>

      NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded
      information from the government about reports that an active military
      unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with "civil unrest" and
      "crowd control" – matters traditionally handled by civilian
      authorities. This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation
      between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to
      know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU
      Freedom of Information request filed today.

      "The military's deployment within U.S. borders raises critical questions
      that must be answered," said Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the
      ACLU National Security Project. "What is the unit's mission? What
      functions will it perform? And why was it necessary to deploy the unit
      rather than rely on civilian agencies and personnel and the National
      Guard? Given the magnitude of the issues at stake, it is imperative that
      the American people know the truth about this new and unprecedented
      intrusion of the military in domestic affairs."

      According to a report in the Army Times, the Army recently deployed an
      active military unit inside the United States under Northern Command,
      which was established in 2002 to assist federal homeland defense efforts
      and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. This deployment
      marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated
      assignment to Northern Command.

      Civilian authorities, not the military, have historically controlled and
      directed the internal affairs of the United States. This rule traces its
      origins to the nation's founding and has been reaffirmed in landmark
      statutes including the Posse Comitatus Act, which helps preserve the
      foundational principles of our Constitution and democracy.

      "This is a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement
      and military authority, and could, quite possibly, represent a violation
      of law," said Mike German, ACLU national security policy counsel and
      former FBI Agent. "Our Founding Fathers understood the threat that a
      standing army could pose to American liberty. While future generations
      recognized the need for a strong military to defend against increasingly
      capable foreign threats, they also passed statutory protections to
      ensure that the Army could not be turned against the American people.
      The erosion of these protections should concern every American."

      In order to assess the implications of the recent deployment, the ACLU
      requested the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense
      today to immediately make public all legal opinions, executive orders,
      presidential directives, memos, policy guidance, and other documents
      that authorize the deployment of military troops for domestic purposes.

      Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Department of Defense has
      dramatically expanded its role in domestic law enforcement and
      intelligence operations, including the National Security Agency's
      warrantless wiretapping programs, the Department of Homeland Security's
      use of military spy satellites, and the participation of military
      personnel in state and local intelligence fusion centers. The ACLU has
      repeatedly expressed concern about these incremental encroachments of
      the military into domestic affairs, and the assignment of active duty
      troops to Northern Command only heightens these concerns.

      A copy of the ACLU's information request is available online at:

      Germany To Allow Domestic Military Deployment TOO!

      Germany's governing coalition partners want to change the constitution
      to allow for military deployment within the country if needed to combat
      terrorism, officials said Monday.

      The proposal would allow use of the military only if police are
      overwhelmed and cannot properly respond to a situation themselves.

      "It is not to be used generally, but only in very specific cases,"
      Interior Ministry spokeswoman Daniela-Alexandra Pietsch said.

      The center-left Social Democratic Party — which makes up half of
      Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition — had been opposed to the
      proposal but agreed late Sunday after working out an agreement that
      includes strict guidelines for domestic deployment.

      "We're talking only about emergency help," Social Democrat parliamentary
      leader Peter Struck said. For example, the navy could be called to help
      in a situation where police maritime patrols were not sufficient, he

      The proposal will now go to Merkel's Cabinet and then to parliament for

      Given Germany's militaristic past, many are hesitant to expand the role
      of soldiers domestically. Currently, the German military can be deployed
      within the country only in times of war, or to help with emergencies or
      natural disasters.

      Following the announcement of the new proposal, opposition Left Party
      lawmaker Petra Pau accused the government of seeking to violate a
      constitutionally dictated division "between army, police and secret

      "The military has no role domestically for historic, political, legal
      and professional reasons," Pau said.

      Germany used Tornado fighter jets to secure airspace during last year's
      Group of Eight summit, while troops helped provide support to police
      controlling demonstrations.

      Merkel's government at the time defended the deployment as necessary to
      secure the area and provide technical and logistical support for police.
      But the opposition Greens party criticized it as "a creeping breach of
      the constitution."




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