“Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.”
Let me get this straight: We don’t have enough police and national guard to deal with riots? Since when? Has there been a recent riot we were unable to put down with police and national guard that no one has told us about? Yes, I’m being a bit sarcastic, but the question remains: Why all of a sudden do we need Federal troops to put down “civil unrest”?
Also, why in the name of all that’s decent do we need George Bush and Dick Cheney — instead of our State Governors — in command of troops deployed to put down “civil unrest”?
Allow me to strongly suggest we should all be asking what it could mean that the Federal Government is about to train hardened combat troops for potential use against the American people.
What should be done about this?