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Canada signs agreement with US to provide military support in case of civil unrest

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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does this make anyone else feel just a touch uneasy?

PREMEDITATED MERGER 
North American Army created without OK by Congress 
U.S., Canada military ink deal to fight domestic emergencies 

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Posted: February 24, 2008 
1:45 pm Eastern 


By Jerome R. Corsi 
© 2008 WorldNetDaily 


In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14 allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis. 


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U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of USNORTHCOM, signs agreement Feb. 14, 2008, with Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command (USNORTHCOM photo) 



The agreement, defined as a Civil Assistance Plan, was not submitted to Congress for approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of a wide range of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist attacks. 

In Canada, the agreement paving the way for the militaries of the U.S. and Canada to cross each other's borders to fight domestic emergencies was not announced either by the Harper government or the Canadian military, prompting sharp protest. 

"It's kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and contentious issues like military integration," Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians told the Canwest News Service. "We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites." 

The military Civil Assistance Plan can be seen as a further incremental step being taken toward creating a North American armed forces available to be deployed in domestic North American emergency situations. 

The agreement was signed at U.S. Army North headquarters, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, by U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, or USNORTHCOM, and by Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command. 

"This document is a unique, bilateral military plan to align our respective national military plans to respond quickly to the other nation's requests for military support of civil authorities," Renuart said in a statement published on the USNORTHCOM website. 

"In discussing the new bilateral Civil Assistance Plan established by USNORTHCOM and Canada Command, Renuart stressed, "Unity of effort during bilateral support for civil support operations such as floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and effects of a terrorist attack, in order to save lives, prevent human suffering an mitigate damage to property, is of the highest importance, and we need to be able to have forces that are flexible and adaptive to support rapid decision-making in a collaborative environment." 

Lt. Gen. Dumais seconded Renuart's sentiments, stating, "The signing of this plan is an important symbol of the already strong working relationship between Canada Command and U.S. Northern Command." 

"Our commands were created by our respective governments to respond to the defense and security challenges of the twenty-first century," he stressed, "and we both realize that these and other challenges are best met through cooperation between friends." 

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The statement on the USNORTHCOM website emphasized the plan recognizes the role of each nation's lead federal agency for emergency preparedness, which in the United States is the Department of Homeland Security and in Canada is Public Safety Canada. 

The statement then noted the newly signed plan was designed to facilitate the military-to-military support of civil authorities once government authorities have agreed on an appropriate response. 

As WND has previously reported, U.S. Northern Command was established on Oct. 1, 2002, as a military command tasked with anticipating and conducting homeland defense and civil support operations where U.S. armed forces are used in domestic emergencies. 

Similarly, Canada Command was established on Feb. 1, 2006, to focus on domestic operations and offer a single point of contact for all domestic and continental defense and securities partners. 

In Nov. 2007, WND published a six-part exclusive series, detailing WND's on-site presence during the NORAD-USNORTHCOM Vigilant Shield 2008, an exercise which involved Canada Command as a participant. 

In an exclusive interview with WND during Vigilant Shield 2008, Gen. Renuart affirmed USNORTHCOM would deploy U.S. troops on U.S. soil should the president declare a domestic emergency in which the Department of Defense ordered USNORTHCOM involvement. 

In May 2007, WND reported President Bush, on his own authority, signed National Security Presidential Directive 51, also known as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20, authorizing the president to declare a national emergency and take over all functions of federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, without necessarily obtaining the approval of Congress to do so. 

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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D.O.E.
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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and wtf is going on with this N Korea thing?

i have been so distracted lately i havent been paying attention but this morning i heard that China could easily quash this whole thing if, as the reporter on CNN said "all china has to do is send some border guards to work with a nasty case of flu and have them sent into a NK town for medical attention.  that would send them a clear message"


WTF?! did dude just insinuate that they should use germ warfare?!

and if china is the only country that does trade with NK, they share a border, and can pretty much cut all trade with NK and they would be fucked.

so why dont they? 

and whats this deal between our militaries all about?

from what my sister was reading she said its because food shortages are expected to hit this summer and services will be getting cut while prices soar, and they are expecting food riots.

no i dont have a source, she called from work and said she would send me the link later.

D.O.E.
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

BUMP!

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

you are worried about something from 5 years ago?

radioheid
by Libertarian on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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 Despite the many crazy shenanigans that have played out in this country over the last 5 years, I've yet to see a single Canadian troop patrolling a single American street.

Thus, I'm not concerned.


"Roger that. Over."

R   A   D    I    O    H    E    I    D

D.O.E.
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

so if, heaven forbid, something crazy like food shortages, or just plain old civil unrest (like these "right wing extremists" being talked about in another post) and they need some local  backup, do you seriously think we wouldnt be there then?

why WOULD are troops be there now? shit hasnt hit the provibial fan yet

Quoting radioheid:

 Despite the many crazy shenanigans that have played out in this country over the last 5 years, I've yet to see a single Canadian troop patrolling a single American street.

Thus, I'm not concerned.


canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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Based purely on my personal experience with members of Canadian military and members of American military, I'm a lot more concerned about the idea that American military could be patrolling our streets than our military patrolling theirs.
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MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

We live in a time of uncertainty on many fronts.  This signing with Canada does not  surprise or alarm me.  Should the US need help in an emergency situation to protect our boarder, provide civilian aid to our people, we can count on their help.

D.O.E.
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

but we  dont do the whole civil unrest thing here, lol, but yeah that aspect is creepy too

Quoting canadianmom1974:

Based purely on my personal experience with members of Canadian military and members of American military, I'm a lot more concerned about the idea that American military could be patrolling our streets than our military patrolling theirs.


katy_kay08
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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I'm skeptical of your source but I do find it rather ironic that you feel uneasy about this agreement given your recent post suggesting and supporting military policing in the US.  

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