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Does anyone see this story getting media coverage: 20,000 troops ...

20,000 FEDERAL troops to be deployed INSIDE the US. This info is from The Stars and Stripes, a military publication for their men, so I accept it as more than a rumor. But it is inconceivable. Each state's National Guard is supposed to help citizens within the US. ... "... It can't be true. Now, these guys are being deployed for security for chemical, biological, terrorist activity, natural disaster. But this is what the National Guard is for. The reason why our founding fathers said there would be no standing army is because the federal government has no place in your town. The power to order troops, the power to be able to have people with weapons in your neighborhood must not ever be in the hands of the President or the congress. It must be in the hand of the individual governors. Our founders knew this. ..." Are the big news channels ignoring this??

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waldorfmom

Asked by waldorfmom at 10:16 PM on Dec. 2, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What's your point?
    Do you want terrorism? Or do you want to prevent terrorism? What will MAKE YOU Happy?

    "The US Department of Defense plans to deploy 20,000 troops nationwide by 2011 to help state and local officials respond to terror or nuclear attacks and emergencies"
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:29 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Either the terror threats are going to get alot worse, or theres something else brewing....

    bush is always hiding something or lying about something to get the military involved
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • I could understand the bringing in of troops if there is a area that is under alert, but to do this as a regular assigned post, what would be the reason for this?

    Since when did you start getting security briefings? Local officials are undermanned, lacking training.
    People Cried for help when the Federal Govt didn't do enough to avoid 9-11, Katrina, etc. Now the Fed Govt is being proactive and what are you doing? Wanting them to stay out. So, I as in a new WAR, and new ERA, WHAT will MAKE YOU HAPPY?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Local officials are fine. the governemnet should have done enough to stop 911 by using the information they had. Katrina it wasn't doing anything to prevent the storm as nature can't be prevented. They were supposed to react in time to help the victims. but we do not need the military patroling our streets unless there is a serious threat then we should know about it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • military patroling our streets unless there is a serious threat then we should know about it.


    Where the Hell did you turn this into "PATROLLING THE STREETS"

    I reiterate the quote, "The US Department of Defense plans to deploy 20,000 troops nationwide by 2011 to help state and local officials respond to terror or nuclear attacks and emergencies"

    Maybe if you stopped ASSuming and filling in the blanks with your own little imagination, you would see it is a proactive attempt to help local officials in emergencies (ie 9-11, Katrina, etc)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Again, in the face of a new kind of war and a new kind of threat, I ask:

    WHAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • it doesn't matter what they'll be doing. that's what the national guard is for. not the military.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • ACLU Demands Information On Military Deployment Within U.S. Borders (10/21/2008)


    Deployment Erodes Longstanding Separation Between Civilian And Military Government

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

    NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded information from the government about reports that an active military unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with "civil unrest" and "crowd control" – matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities. This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU Freedom of Information request filed today.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:04 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • "The military's deployment within U.S. borders raises critical questions that must be answered," said Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. "What is the unit's mission? What functions will it perform? And why was it necessary to deploy the unit rather than rely on civilian agencies and personnel and the National Guard? Given the magnitude of the issues at stake, it is imperative that the American people know the truth about this new and unprecedented intrusion of the military in domestic affairs."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:05 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • "According to a report in the Army Times, the Army recently deployed an active military unit inside the United States under Northern Command, which was established in 2002 to assist federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. This deployment marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command.

    Civilian authorities, not the military, have historically controlled and directed the internal affairs of the United States. This rule traces its origins to the nation's founding and has been reaffirmed in landmark statutes including the Posse Comitatus Act, which helps preserve the foundational principles of our Constitution and democracy."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:05 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

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