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Posse Comitatus is dead

The Army is now openly talking about homeland deployment, something that was outlawed by Congress after Reconstruction:

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

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, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Dealing with civil unrest is a police function. Soldiers are trained to break things and kill people. I don’t mean that in a critical way; it’s just a fact. The military trains people differently than police forces do.

Or at least they should.

We saw military units in New Orleans after Katrina. We also saw mercenaries from Blackwater, ArmorGroup, and other private security contractors. The bottom line is that the United States is openly using military units to perform police duties. And that’s not a good thing.

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