US Army To Assist Law Enforcement in the U.S.?

I saw this article in Common Dreams today. I can’t begin to explain the chill this sends up my spine.

Why Is a US Army Brigade Being Assigned to the ‘Homeland’?

by Glenn Greenwald

Several bloggers today have pointed to this obviously disturbing article from Army Times, which announces that “beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the [1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division] will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North” — “the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.” The article details:

They’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack. . . .

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.

“I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body”. . . .

The brigade will not change its name, but the force will be known for the next year as a CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF (pronounced “sea-smurf”).

Read the FULL STORY here.

This part, in particular, is worrisome: “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. Help with civil unrest and crowd control? It’s not like we have horrendous protests all over the country (which we seriously DO need these days), so I’m not sure why they think they’ll be needed for “crowd control”.

Even to help with natural disasters, like earthquakes or hurricanes, etc, the States have their National Guard they can call upon AND IF more help is needed they can also call upon the Military to lend a hand.

We don’t need special “brigades” for this…..unless someone is thinking of placing entire cities under Martial Law.

The decision this month to permanently deploy a U.S. Army brigade inside the U.S. for purely domestic law enforcement purposes is the fruit of the Congressional elimination of the long-standing prohibitions in Posse Comitatus (although there are credible signs that even before Congress acted, the Bush administration secretly decided it possessed the inherent power to violate the Act). It shouldn’t take any efforts to explain why the permanent deployment of the U.S. military inside American cities, acting as the President’s police force, is so disturbing. Bovard:

“Martial law” is a euphemism for military dictatorship. When foreign democracies are overthrown and a junta establishes martial law, Americans usually recognize that a fundamental change has occurred. . . . Section 1076 is Enabling Act-type legislation-something that purports to preserve law-and-order while formally empowering the president to rule by decree.

In looking up the Posse Comitatus Act there is mention of the Insurrection Act. Part of the Insurrection Act reads:

§ 331. Federal aid for State governments

Whenever there is an insurrections in any State against its government, the President may, upon the request of its legislature or of its governor if the legislature cannot be convened, call into Federal service such of the militia of the other States, in the number requested by that State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to suppress the insurrection.

Now, it seems to me that the Declaration of Independence clearly states that if the existing government becomes tyrannical and tries to remove the rights of its citizens, then it is not only the right, but also the duty of every citizen is to change the government.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,


But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The Insurrection Act basically removes this right from the very people our Constitution is designed to protect. Now granted, you can’t just go around replacing the government for every little thing…………..but considering what the bush in the white house right now is doing and that congress just appears to be his puppet………NOW is when we need to remember that the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were created by our forefathers to prevent us from being under any abusive or tyrannical leaders.

Our First Amendment guarantees us that Congress (the government) can NOT abridge our rights to free speech, free press, peaceful assembly AND the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Reading this article today, makes clearer the reason why so many cities and states have so many gun regulations, and why so many want outright gun bans. An unarmed people cannot defend themselves and can be easily subdued and controlled. Our forefathers again realized the importance of that hence our Second Amendment:

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Are you starting to see a picture here yet? Do you consider many of the actions the government – both state and federal – are taking today to be Constitutional? I don’t!

Back to today’s article though:

As the recent militarization of St. Paul during the GOP Convention made abundantly clear, our actual police forces are already quite militarized. Still, what possible rationale is there for permanently deploying the U.S. Army inside the United States — under the command of the President — for any purpose, let alone things such as “crowd control,” other traditional law enforcement functions, and a seemingly unlimited array of other uses at the President’s sole discretion? And where are all of the stalwart right-wing “small government conservatives” who spent the 1990s so vocally opposing every aspect of the growing federal police force? And would it be possible to get some explanation from the Government about what the rationale is for this unprecedented domestic military deployment (at least unprecedented since the Civil War), and why it is being undertaken now?

Yes, WHY indeed, is it being undertaken now?

Another question is why you didn’t hear about this from any of the mainstream media?

We are in serious trouble in this country and it’s not just because of some bad loans – that’s just the cover.

The ideal republic our founders created to allow all people to live freely, to enjoy liberty, is being torn asunder and we just sit back all glassy eyed as if nothing is wrong. We’ve been lulled into a sense of false security for decades and are now being force fed fear by the gallon daily. It’s time we pulled out heads out of our collective butts!



~ by swfreedomlover on September 25, 2008.

12 Responses to “US Army To Assist Law Enforcement in the U.S.?”

  1. I’ve been seeing this, but now I’m starting to take it more seriously. I’m very grateful my wife insisted I get a gun and learn how to shoot.

  2. Interesting Post. I hadn’t checked the Army Times link yet myself, so this was rather informative. As a former member of the U.S. Army, this is a rather disturbing development and begins to cloud the issue of just who we would consider the “enemy domestic”.

  3. Welcome to the New World Order! It’s all part of the plan because after all, Bush is “the decider.”

  4. You may be interested to know that the military is lying about this. They have been conducting these type operations for almost four years now. Beyond all the lies is the fact that in reality they are being trained to be used in the case the President decides to declara martial law in this country. He would then send in this force to “prevent an escalation in violence and aggression against the US government.” Bullshit. It is a way of controlling the American populatiom when you refuse to give up power.

  5. Norm, Thanks for visiting. Yes, I am well aware of how they would be used, and I’m willing to bet that bush is just itching to do that very thing! That’s why I posted this.

  6. The CCMRF mission is not at all like you state. Civil unrest? Do the words “Hurricane Katrina” mean anything to you? Thousands of people inside a stadium killing and raping? That doesn’t count as civil unrest? Now, that was just for a natural disaster, think about the condition of human nature if there was a major nuclear or biological attack. Since you’re such a flamer here, let’s flame human nature. I’m not a very imaginative person, but I see people killing people for food, clothing, etc. and crime to increase exponential. Maybe you should stop focusing on burning your country’s Army when all they are doing is trying to protect you.

  7. Pfc. DoGood (is that really your name?), kindly show me where I “flamed” the soldiers? I flamed no one. All I did was post what I read elsewhere, along with my personal opinion (which I do believe I am still allowed to voice at least for now).

    I’m not saying the logic behind it isn’t good, but as we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, I don’t trust this president, nor this government anymore.

    As I clearly stated in the piece, each state has its National Guard to call up during the periods of natural disasters, or even “civil unrest”. As I already stated, should a state feel the need for more assistance they are already able to call upon the Military for such aid. So why the need for “special brigades” unless the president has some devious plan in the back of his head (which is what I really suspect here).

    And what IS civil unrest? It is NOT just the aftermath of a natural disaster, it is according to the government, also protesters at the DNC and RNC corralled like animals because our government doesn’t want them to practice their Constitutionally protected/guaranteed right/duty to protest the government. These so-called “free speech zones” ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! The entire country of the United States of America IS a free speech zone. Or at least it used to be when we were still “land of the free and home of the brave”.

    The military already knows how to follow orders and fight. They just need training in so-called “non-lethal weapons” (which by the way people have died when attacked by them). IF they are to help the local law enforcement, then following orders shouldn’t be a problem.

    Everyday we are being brought closer and closer to a socialist state of being. Everyday we lose a little more of our liberty….think “political correctness” here, which is nothing more than a fancy phrase for ‘censorship’. All the new legislation being passed, especially since 9/11 and including the Patriot Act are gearing up for “controlling the masses”. S. 1959 specifically states that the internet is a terrorist breeding ground and needs to be monitored and controlled. That means OUR internet access will be right in line with China’s.

    Is THIS the world you are really fighting for? Because right now you soldiers are NOT fighting for anyone’s rights, let alone preserving ours. Think about that a minute.

    All these fine young men and women risking their lives over in Iraq and Afghanistan, under the impression they are preserving our liberty and fighting for someone else’s are coming home to find out they can’t smoke anywhere, the government is now trying to tell them how much exercise to get daily, what kind, what to eat and pretty soon what to read. And that’s ONLY if they are still healthy and uninjured. Those who come home injured are treated like shit by the very same people you are trying to tell me don’t deserve my criticisms.

    So I ask you…………..WHAT is it you are fighting for again?

  8. I’ll agree with you on “political correctness” here, but there is a need for a special brigade. Although the Guard does a great job in times of crisis, The 1BCT will only be called upon if they aren’t enough, if the situation calls for more than that. Imagine how fast relief would be made available to victims of Katrina if Soldiers had special training for such an occurrence. You say IF we need extra help they can call upon the Military, we’ll that’s just what 1BCT is. They’re still going to deploy overseas after the CCMRF mission, it doesn’t get in the way of deployments. And the CCMRF mission will jump from brigade to brigade every year. And 1BCT has specific rules that state what they can and cannot do. They are not there to do the same job as the police, they are there to help, many hands make for light work. Imagine how fast fires could be quelled if they were 4,000 people ready to deploy in under 72-hours just to be a set of 4,000 extra helping hands? 4,000 troops ready to grab hoses and relieve firemen to take a break?
    Yes, “censorship” is a problem, there are a lot of things wrong with the entire world. But do you believe that if no troops were overseas that certain humans will stop fighting against America? Do you believe that all attacks on our nation’s soil will just stop magically?

  9. I agree with you in case you didn’t really notice that. However, it is the government I don’t trust….especially this particular administration. And in reading about this new “brigade” and reasoning behind it, I noticed the wording. It would only take the president ‘declaring’ civil unrest to have them deployed, and in some cases “taking over the job of local law enforcement”. So you need to understand the concerns of the average citizen here. Especially given how our ‘rights’ are being eroded under the guise of “national security” (while our borders are wide open no less). I do believe there are devious plans, from those in charge, beneath the decision to do this.

    As for attacks, well maybe if we’d stop forcing our presence on those who don’t want it and never asked for it, fewer people would hate us and fewer would want to harm us. We’re not exactly innocent about all this hatred directed at us now.


  11. That’s a rather nasty thing to say in my not so humble opinion.

    And while it may in fact be about crowd control, it is NOT about the kind of crowd control you think.

  12. Interesting, I have fought Forest Fires and when things get out of hand, First thing we do is call other departments, (some departments actually have extra engines to send to these fires as a revenue stream, after all it happens somewhere every year)

    Then when that gets to be not enough, and we need oh, lets say 4000 extra Firemen (and I have been on fires like this) they call in the National Guard. They get quick training, and get deployed next to us regulars and follow our lead. I have been on some large fires before and have never seen any thing that would need to go beyond the national guard.

    Now take that and put it into perspective for a police setting and ask yourself under what circumstances would this brigade (4000 army regulars) get deployed?

    I don’t see a reason for a brigade to be standing around to be ready to go.

    By the way, those Duece-and-halfs really are slow in those mountain roads. It would take us twice as long to get out of the hills at the end of the day. And they always seemed to find themselves at the head of the column.

    Steve Rogers

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