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I have questions for Col. Cloutier as he and I have special connections
OCEAN BEACH, CA. I have a question for the commander of the Army brigade that is being deployed within America for domestic operations, beginning October 1. The commander of the Third Infantry Division, First Brigade, is actually Colonel Roger Cloutier. Now, Col. Cloutier and I have never met, but I feel a special affinity for the officer. We have special connections.
First, Col. Cloutier, may I call him ‘Roger’? – graduated from San Diego State University in 1988 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. I have never attended San Diego State U, but I also did graduate from college in San Diego (UCSD) and I live in San Diego now. Gee, just think of that, the officer who will be in charge of the troops deployed in America for the November elections, graduated from a San Diego college 20 years ago.
I was also in the US Army, briefly, but I’m not even counting that.
The second connection between Roger and me, was that we both lived at Fort Bragg, North Carolina – the largest US Army base in the country, if not the world. I was the son of an Army Lt. Colonel – years ago -, and Roger was assigned to the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, where he served as operations officer. See, we both know what it’s like to live in a culture-free environment surrounded by pine forests.
Secondly, Roger and I both lived at Fort Carson, Colorado, the Army post at the foot of the Rockies. Actually, that’s where I was born and lived until I was 2 years old. Roger, on the other hand, served as a battalion officer with the Fourth Infantry Division at Ft. Carson. We both had beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains.
So, you can see the strong links between us. See the web site of the Third Infantry Division here. And here. Hey, that’s another connection: we both have web sites! Check his out and you’re already on mine.
Questions for Col. Cloutier
So, Roger, here is my question: How would you have handled the protests at the Republican National Convention just held earlier this month in St. Paul, Minnesota?
Let me clarify: specifically, would you have recruited individuals to become spies within those horrible groups, like peace organizations, animal rights cells, and student collectives?
Another question comes to mind: would you have staged pre-emptive raids on activist and peace houses and living quarters? Would you have arrested people at home, confiscated their computers, leaflets and other communication devices before they even did anything?
Okay, I have more. During the actual protests, would you outfitted your troops with helmets, shields, long batons and had them remove their name badges so no one could identify individual officers?
Would you have treated the demonstrators as potential terrorists or would you have treated them just simply as US citizens carrying out their civic duties and responsibilities of displaying militant dissent to an illegal war and haranguing the people who lied to us to get into the war – the war that you just returned from – ?
Roger, would you have used pepper spray, concussion grenades and tear gas to block marches of peaceful protesters?
Would you have arrested hundreds of kids for sitting down on a bridge that your troops blocked even after the kids had a permit to march?
Would you have charged many of those arrested with felonies?
Would you have arrested a dozen journalists and held them for hours, only to release them later with no charges?
Now, I know that your troops acted bravely in Iraq, and that you have a chestful of hard-earned metals. But I was wondering, whether, during the training that your troops are right now going through in order to prepare them for their domestic military duties, are they given the Bill of Rights to read and understand? How about you – have you read the Constitution?
Do you know what the Posse Comitatus Act was?
Did you know that up to now, the US military has been prohibited from deploying within our country?
And, just what is wrong with the National Guard, Roger? Have they been too shredded and demoralized by their Iraq war experiences to do their historic job?
Roger, I am sending this to you via your web page. And if it’s okay with you, I will post your responses. Hope to hear from ya soon.