Monday, December 1, 2008

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 1, 2008
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The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.

There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.

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.

Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, dedicating 20,000 troops to domestic response -- a nearly sevenfold increase in five years -- "would have been extraordinary to the point of unbelievable," Paul McHale, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense, said in remarks last month at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But the realization that civilian authorities may be overwhelmed in a catastrophe prompted "a fundamental change in military culture," he said.

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 Command.

If funding continues, two additional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state officials nationwide. 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.

Military preparations for a domestic weapon-of-mass-destruction attack have been underway since at least 1996, when the Marine Corps activated a 350-member chemical and biological incident response force and later based it in Indian Head, Md., a Washington suburb. Such efforts accelerated after the Sept. 11 attacks, and at the time Iraq was invaded in 2003, a Pentagon joint task force drew on 3,000 civil support personnel across the United States.

In 2005, a new Pentagon homeland defense strategy emphasized "preparing for multiple, simultaneous mass casualty incidents." National security threats were not limited to adversaries who seek to grind down U.S. combat forces abroad, McHale said, but also include those who "want to inflict such brutality on our society that we give up the fight," such as by detonating a nuclear bomb in a U.S. city.

In late 2007, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed a directive approving more than $556 million over five years to set up the three response teams, known as CBRNE Consequence Management Response Forces. Planners assume an incident could lead to thousands of casualties, more than 1 million evacuees and contamination of as many as 3,000 square miles, about the scope of damage Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005.

Last month, McHale said, authorities agreed to begin a $1.8 million pilot project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through which civilian authorities in five states could tap military planners to develop disaster response plans. Hawaii, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Washington and West Virginia will each focus on a particular threat -- pandemic flu, a terrorist attack, hurricane, earthquake and catastrophic chemical release, respectively -- speeding up federal and state emergency planning begun in 2003.

Last Monday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered defense officials to review whether the military, Guard and reserves can respond adequately to domestic disasters.

Gates gave commanders 25 days to propose changes and cost estimates. He cited the work of a congressionally chartered commission, which concluded in January that the Guard and reserve forces are not ready and that they lack equipment and training.

Bert B. Tussing, director of homeland defense and security issues at the U.S. Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership, said the new Pentagon approach "breaks the mold" by assigning an active-duty combat brigade to the Northern Command for the first time. Until now, the military required the command to rely on troops requested from other sources.

"This is a genuine recognition that this [job] isn't something that you want to have a pickup team responsible for," said Tussing, who has assessed the military's homeland security strategies.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the libertarian Cato Institute are troubled by what they consider an expansion of executive authority.

Domestic emergency deployment may be "just the first example of a series of expansions in presidential and military authority," or even an increase in domestic surveillance, said Anna Christensen of the ACLU's National Security Project. And Cato Vice President Gene Healy warned of "a creeping militarization" of homeland security.

"There's a notion that whenever there's an important problem, that the thing to do is to call in the boys in green," Healy said, "and that's at odds with our long-standing tradition of being wary of the use of standing armies to keep the peace."

McHale stressed that the response units will be subject to the act, that only 8 percent of their personnel will be responsible for security and that their duties will be to protect the force, not other law enforcement. For decades, the military has assigned larger units to respond to civil disturbances, such as during the Los Angeles riot in 1992.

U.S. forces are already under heavy strain, however. The first reaction force is built around the Army's 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, which returned in April after 15 months in Iraq. The team includes operations, aviation and medical task forces that are to be ready to deploy at home or overseas within 48 hours, with units specializing in chemical decontamination, bomb disposal, emergency care and logistics.

The one-year domestic mission, however, does not replace the brigade's next scheduled combat deployment in 2010. The brigade may get additional time in the United States to rest and regroup, compared with other combat units, but it may also face more training and operational requirements depending on its homeland security assignments.

Renuart said the Pentagon is accounting for the strain of fighting two wars, and the need for troops to spend time with their families. "We want to make sure the parameters are right for Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. The 1st Brigade's soldiers "will have some very aggressive training, but will also be home for much of that."

Although some Pentagon leaders initially expected to build the next two response units around combat teams, they are likely to be drawn mainly from reserves and the National Guard, such as the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade from South Carolina, which returned in May after more than a year in Afghanistan.

Now that Pentagon strategy gives new priority to homeland security and calls for heavier reliance on the Guard and reserves, McHale said, Washington has to figure out how to pay for it.

"It's one thing to decide upon a course of action, and it's something else to make it happen," he said. "It's time to put our money where our mouth is."

Source: Washington Post

2 comments:

  1. THE ADVENT OF MERCENARISM

    The mercenary armies that
    We use abroad have been
    Engaged at home, which is a cat
    Formerly bag within

    Newly loosed on the populace
    Domestic: what is done
    Abroad, in time of war like this,
    Revisits home anon.

    That which has been unleashed, and loosed
    Holds consequences dire
    Because when it comes home to roost
    It´s harder to retire.

    Do unto others as you will
    Do also to yourselves--
    A paradox religious swill
    Impossibly absolves.

    Can a new leader at the helm
    Rein in what has been wrought?
    Citizens, it should overwhelm
    And make you feel distraught.

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  2. [Below was first posted at WhiteReference.blogspot.com. A.]



    Issue Is Now Verified: CONSPIRACY--Against People And Law--And It's Un-Deniable, In-Disputable
    (Apollonian, 1 Dec 08)

    Well AA, problem with this little episode (see WhiteReference.blogspot.com, "Dr. David Duke...," 30 Nov 08) regarding D. Black is merely Republican party is so irrelevant--though, to be sure, there's indubitable issue of D. Black's equal "civil rights," regardless whether he's "white supremacist," excuse used by Jews, Jews the real problem, never doubt. So it's good issue as any other by which to further and additionally expose Jew criminals and conspirators, unquestionably.

    But the big issue for today, Dec 1st, 2008, is of course it's deadline date set by US Supreme Ct. for B. Obama to submit his Birth Certificate (see ObamaCrimes.com and TheObamaFile.com for expo/ref.)--AA, this is the absolutely incredible, tremendous, revolutionary issue--why?

    It's revolutionary because WITHOUT MIGHTY INTERNET and blogs like urs this gross travesty would have most easily GOTTEN PAST w. the collusion of mass corporate Jews-media--which Jews-media is indeed willing, acting, functioning part of conspiracy happening as we speak, right this very minute.

    For make no mistake, this is an absolutely incredible, gross, miserable conspiracy--a putrid, blatant, in-yr-face type of conspiracy perpetrated by these incredible Judeo-conspirators (see TheNewAmerican.com for expo/ref. on CFR-Bilderberg conspiracy) who can now only be described as absolutely POWER-MAD, convinced as they are, obviously, they will push this travesty in face of the people and citizenry of USA. Death to these scummy Jews and conspirators.

    And now we see one very plausible purpose for recent Terror strike in Mumbai, India--DISTRACTION for this amazing CONSPIRACY against US Constitution by B. Obama and cohorts.

    For obvious, blatant OBJECT of Judeo-conspirators is to impose an ILLEGAL ALIEN, no less, upon people of USA, this in gross, deliberate contravention of US Constitution--the most contemptuous type of spitting-in-the-face of US Constitution, and the people of USA, again, never forget.

    Continuing problem, of course, for the people is US Supreme Ct. is no doubt committed to colluding with this incredible conspiracy, this in concert with other courts heretofore (see above references). For otherwise, the continuation of this fraud, farce, and travesty wouldn't itself have extended so brazenly by Jews-media (cooperating with courts and politicians), even to this day, the big news on Jews-media being pending announcement of Obama's choice for Sec. State, Clinton--what an idiotic, stinking, brainless farce.

    So what's the up-shot, regardless of everything else?--it's simply fact that CONSPIRACY IS NOW OUT-OF-THE-BAG, no longer a secret--or a mind-game to be manipulated by conspirators against incredulous, child-like people. Now when the mass corporate Jews-media speaks of "conspiracy theory," they will undoubtedly say, "SO WHAT, SUCKER?--what's it to u?--do u pretend u can or will do anything about it?"

    And the question truly is, what now is to be done?--and it's this, AA: again, CONSPIRACY IS OUT-OF-THE-BAG--it's an explicit admission by Judeo-conspirators at this pt. "Conspiracy theory" is now the demonstrated, admitted (for practical purposes) truth, fact, issue, what-have-u?

    All "conspiracy theorists" are now proven to be right, correct, well-founded, and justified. So what does it (effectively admitted conspiracy) mean?--simply that we have a bunch of people, conspirators, traitors, who say to HECK WITH RULE-OF-LAW (hence US Constitution).

    And this is where/how these insane scum, Judeo-conspirators, have screwed-up for themselves, AA--BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE WILL ADMIT RATIONAL HUMANS NEED RULE-OF-LAW--this is something which is non-controversial among the people, upon which people can't, won't be fooled.

    So what will happen now at this pt.?--for remember, Sup. Ct. must rule today, in some fashion, one way or another.

    Judging by way issue has been treated so far (the lower-courts colluding in conspiracy w. Obama and co.), Obama and co-conspirators will attempt to get some kind of continuance, extending their cowardly, yet still brazen, course of USURPATION, rather than outright violent overthrow, the scummy puke. Now we see why active Army and military units were withdrawn fm Iraq and put on duty here in USA. Make no mistake: G. Bush is active and fully-conscious co-conspirator, without the slightest doubt--and he's proven murderer, mindless and psychopathic as he is.

    For myself, I'm only gratified the proverbial "cat" of an issue, CONSPIRACY, is so much "out" of proverbial "bag." It means a tremendous VINDICATION of patriots and Christian soldiers like u and I, AA. People--of all races, even--are required to acknowledge we were right all along.

    CONCLUSION: solution now to conspiracy problem is much easier, but still subject to possible MUDDLE and manipulation along way to solution. Presently it's enough to simply bring this now OVERT issue of CONSPIRACY before the people, beginning at the very basic, levels of government of the people, at the most LOCAL levels possible--even in various Churches. And again, that basic fundamental issue is RULE-OF-LAW, yes or no? Keep up all ur good work. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

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