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    Pentagon To Deploy 20,000 Troops Inside The U.S.A.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...002217_pf.html

    The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.
    The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.
    There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.
    But the Bush administration and some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat is terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27989275/

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the libertarian Cato Institute are troubled by what they consider an expansion of executive authority.
    Domestic emergency deployment may be "just the first example of a series of expansions in presidential and military authority," or even an increase in domestic surveillance, said Anna Christensen of the ACLU's National Security Project. And Cato Vice President Gene Healy warned of "a creeping militarization" of homeland security.
    With a questionable economy and a President-elect it is no surprise to me that this would happen. The National Guard are supposed to protect and secure the country in the events of a catastrophe or natural disaster, but to police the streets is the job of the local law enforcement agencies.

    If the goverment is so worried about a domestic terrorist attack then maybe they should close the borders and prevent questionable people from entering the country. It's not a difficult solution.
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    I would not be opposed to using the Armed Forces to enforce the law, such as immigration laws & protecting the borders. Also in policing the ghettoes & barrios. The border & non-White communities have moved beyond being policed by civilian law enforcement. But that kind of enforcement (by the military) isn't going to happen during the Obama administration.

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    I would bring the troops home from all these bases we've been at since the end of World War II, the Korean War, etc. I would put the troops on the border and use them for other objectives as well. Our armed forces are to defend and protect the United States. When our vital interests are affected, then we should deal with them.

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