Thursday, September 25, 2008

US troops and civil unrest


According to Bill Van Auken, at WSWS (Army deploys combat unit in US for possible civil unrest), 25 September 2008:

"For the first time ever, the US military is deploying an active duty regular Army combat unit (The 'Raiders') for full-time use inside the United States to deal with emergencies, including potential civil unrest."

From 1 October 2008, the 'Raiders' (the First Brigade Combat Team of the Third Division) will be under the command of NorthCom, which was set up after 9 11 to defend the US “homeland”.

The “Raiders” led the assault on Baghdad in 2003 and carried out house-to-house combat in Ramadi.

Active-duty soldiers were used temporarily in New Orleans, 'which was effectively placed under martial law' after Hurricane Katrina.

According to a September 2008 article in the Army Times ('Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1'):

Troops "may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control."

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