Have you heard the news?
The 3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’. What an interesting concept for a combat team, to "help" people at home. Doublespeak! It leaves one wondering what kind of "home" needs help from a battle hardened combat team?
The new "skills" they're learning, to help people at home, are indeed impressive and all non-lethal of course.
"The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them."See, the Colonel says it is the first ever non-lethal package that the army has fielded.
Besides shields ,batons and bean-bag bullets, they will have tasers.( sounds non-lethal, right?)
"I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body."They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control"???
As if that isn't interesting enough, I noted this-
"Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command"
I wondered, was it significant that they were assigned to Northern Command?
"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. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. The defense of Hawaii and our territories and possessions in the Pacific is the responsibility of U.S. Pacific Command. The defense of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is the responsibility of U.S. Southern Command. The commander of USNORTHCOM is responsible for theater security cooperation with Canada and Mexico."
Because when I read this, something else popped in my head. A news story from earlier this year, Feb 2008. This one I blogged on about here, and/or you can read about it here.
Canada, U.S. agree to use each other's troops in civil emergencies
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal?
The U.S. military's Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.Then I have a huge flashback to this old news story, from 2006.
Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps
A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities."
I urge you to give a read to that article, which ends with these words
"It is clear that the Bush administration is thinking seriously about martial law"
Now we come full circle, back to the news of this battle hardened bunch coming to "help people at home". This is the first time ever in history- "an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom." Well, will they be at home, in the US? Or will they be elsewhere? Or will they be with other troops?
I can't help but really, really wonder where is this all heading?