US Army ‘Homeland’ Emergency Response Units Won’t Perform Law Enforcement, Official Says

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by Gerry J. Gilmore / Faxts News / Dec. 12, 2008

WASHINGTON,  – The Pentagon’s three new rapid-response task forces will assist civil authorities during possible terrorist attacks or natural disasters, but they won’t perform law-enforcement missions, a senior Defense Department official said here yesterday.Some people have surfaced concerns that active-duty soldiers, who make up the core of the first 4,700-member joint task force established in early October, could be used to perform police functions, which would be in violation of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs, told American Forces Press Service and Pentagon Channel reporters.

The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits active-duty military members from conducting domestic law-enforcement operations.

“None of that is true,” McHale said of public assertions that active-duty troops assigned to the task force will perform police duties. Instead, he said, the rapid-response units are “task-organized to deal with the technical and very challenging requirements associated with a contaminated environment.”

The task force cited in public discussion, McHale said, was established Oct. 1 and is built around a core of active-duty soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Stewart, Ga. This task force, he said, falls under the control of U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, U.S. Army North, in San Antonio.

Each task force will be capable of performing tasks such as medical response, decontamination, technical rescue, patient evacuation, and communications and logistics support, including air and land transportation assets for transport of supplies, people and equipment, according to U.S. Army North documents.

Plans are to stand up two more new joint task forces in 2010 and 2011, respectively, McHale said. These units, he said, will comprise mostly reserve-component personnel, mainly National Guard troops.

The new task forces would be ordered into action by the president following requests for disaster-relief assistance from state governors, McHale said.

In the event of civil disturbances and some other types of emergencies, McHale said, active U.S. military units could be ordered by the president to assist civil authorities establish order as part of the Garden Plot domestic security plan.

“There are [active] military units that are prepared, under law, to ensure constitutional rights and the enforcement of federal law, under the Insurrection Act, to be deployed for a domestic security mission,” McHale said.

The last time Garden Plot was activated, McHale said, was to restore order during the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the trial and acquittal of some local police officers who had been charged with the beating of Rodney King. Federal troops also were employed during the 1950s and 1960s, he said, to ensure the civil rights of African-American citizens.

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avatar Molly December 15, 2008 at 8:50 am

Yeah, … right!

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avatar Curt Verbose December 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Just for fun, let’s parse this gibberish uttered by Paul McHale.

“task-organized to deal with the technical and very challenging requirements associated with a contaminated environment.”

The first part “task-organized to deal with the technical” has already been implemented by Bushco in the form of wiretaps on Amerikan citizens w/out the benefit of a search warrant. If they say “technical,” they mean wiretaps.

“[V]ery challenging” means someone in the govorporation or the military arm of the govorporation has to actually think about something, something other than “covering the butt” or bombing cities in other parts of the world, or flying in inclement weather.

“[C]ontaminated environment” means any parcel of land in the world, any place the govorporation can send troops to suppress the local population. Anyone who does not agree or assist the U.S. govorporation in its goals is residing within a “contaminated environment” and must be saved by force.

Anytime a govorporation spokesperson says “requirement,” it means that all choices are now null & void. Look down the barrel of the gun and shut up.
See! simple govorporation translations.

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