9.23.2008

october surprise? u.s. army unit to deploy for domestic operations

Further to my last post, James has sent me this, from Democracy Now!.
Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

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.

9 comments:

simon said...

Who was it that recently referred to the States as the worlds most polite police state? Curfew cannot be far from this point.

Dale Landry said...

This is where we need soldiers to lay down their arms, and refuse to take part in aggression towards their own people.

impudent strumpet said...

I know it's not the point of your post, but "Northern" refers to what exactly? Alaska? The northern part of the continental US? (And if so, why only that part? Or are they going to attack us?)

L-girl said...

I know it's not the point of your post, but "Northern" refers to what exactly? Alaska? The northern part of the continental US? (And if so, why only that part? Or are they going to attack us?)

It's an important question, tho.

Maybe this will help, or this.

I don't know. I wish I knew what any of this meant.

L-girl said...

This is where we need soldiers to lay down their arms, and refuse to take part in aggression towards their own people.

Can we count on an army full of Dale Landrys? History would say no.

James said...

...to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency.

Isn't this what the National Guard is for? When it isn't being used as cannon fodder in the Middle East?

impudent strumpet said...

USNORTHCOM’s AOR includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles

All right then, in that case my area of responsibility includes all the apartments on my floor.

Kim_in_TO said...

After reading your post on the economic crisis in the US, this post becomes frightening.

L-girl said...

After reading your post on the economic crisis in the US, this post becomes frightening.

Yes. Very.