By Erin Rosa
In the next three years the military plans to activate and train an estimated 4,700 service members for specialized domestic operations, according to Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which was created in 2002 for homeland defense missions.
The comments, made at the annual National Homeland Defense and Security Symposium in Colorado Springs last week, reveal more details about the recent stationing of active military personnel inside United States borders for what officials say is a mission centering around responding to catastrophic emergencies.
Military representatives claim that the unit, now referred to as the Consequence Management Response Force, is only supposed to assist in responding to terrorist attacks or natural disasters, but that hasn’t stopped numerous civil liberties advocates from speculating just how closely the military will be involved with law enforcement issues falling under a state’s jurisdiction.
“This isn’t a military police brigade or a civil affairs brigade. This is actually a combat brigade being assigned a domestic mission,” said Mike German, national security counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office in Washington., D.C.
via Colorado Independent » Elite combat brigade for homeland security missions raises ire of ACLU
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When the hell did the United States of America become the Homeland? Was it the same year that Nazi Germany became the Homeland?
The USA is a Republic of Independent States. It is not a homeland! The only person to legitimately be able to call on troops is the Governor or an individual State!
The entire concept of Homeland security needs to be put before the Supreme Court!
Just bring the National Guard home.