One of the most stunning turn of events in the United States is the complete militarization of the country under the guise of the War on Terror. Citizens watch in horror as the police are turned into soldiers. The military is being deployed regularly from sporting events to anti drug operations and states of emergency are constantly being declared for everything from riots to snow storms. Whole cities and schools are put on “lockdown” for the slightest provocation. Never before has the population been so terrorized by it’s media and government into believing there is a bogey man behind every corner.
It is not the intent of this article to place any blame on law enforcement or military. Only to highlight the policies and procedures that are put in effect by the government that directs them. Using two declassified documents in combination, RaptormanReports will paint a picture that quite telling and informative about the militarization of the ten F.E.M.A. regions.
Anyone that has been paying attention can see the massive build up of men and material into in to a vast authoritarian police state since 9/11. The erosion of traditional protections like the Posse Comitatus Act , which sets very strict limits on military conducting law enforcement duties with in the continental United States (CONUS), has lead to the military being involved in almost every area of federal and state domestic affairs. These are operations are divided into two categories:
Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA)
The spectrum of DSCA ranges from supporting the US Secret Service for National Special Security Events (NSSE), Federal Law Enforcement. Agencies in Counterdrug and Border Security operations, FEMA for natural and manmade disasters (to include the extreme complex catastrophes), to the most dangerous a Chemical – Biological – Radiological – Nuclear (CBRN) incident. Recent examples include: providing Navy divers to recover the remains in the IH35 Bridge collapse, establishing housing at three separate DOD Installations for unaccompanied children coming into the US from our Southern border – in support of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and forming and training two EBOLA medical teams that could be inserted into any US hospital to assist in the care of infected patients – DHHS
Everything under the sun it seems can be solved with the military. Have a special U.N. meeting, gotta take in hords of third world refugees, need to raid a pot garden, do those pesky George Soros funded riots keep popping up? Just send in the military to help!
Since the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 almost all protections against military in domestic affairs and a standing domestic army have been removed. This goes further with the establishment of Standing Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO) embedded in each of the ten FEMA Regional Headquarters.
Defense Coordinating Officers for each of ten F.E.M.A. Regions
Army can be called in to assist from any number of federal agencies, states or civil authorities under the command of USNORTHCOM reporting through the SecDef to the President of the United States (POTUS). The people tasked with this assignment are the Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) and their Defense Coordinating Element (DCE). These small 9-10 person all Army teams led by a former Brigade command or equivalent Colonels are assigned to ARNORTH but perform their day-to-day duties located with each of the 10 FEMA Regional Headquarters. Pre-activation they closely work with their Federal partners as well as with the State JFHQs and State Emergency Managers within their region to develope State and regional plans. When activated they directly represent the SecDef and work with FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO).
Advanced communications and mobile command
Equipped with advanced encrypted communication and mobile command vehicles they would be responsible for coordinating the needed manpower and equipment for the mission. Defense Coordinating Officers work with 173 US Army Reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLO) located two per State and a five person team at the FEMA Regional Headquarters. These soldiers are the Subject Matter Experts (SME) for their state. EPLOs are valuable asset because they provide situational awareness at the State level.
What threats are these units tasked to deal with? Here’s a list from most probable to most severe. It seems every scenario is on there.
Won’t won’t we use the military for in the Continental United States CONUS
Immediate Response Authority: Response at the municipal, county, or tribal level is provided initially under IRA. If requested, any commander can provide resources to save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate great property damage in response to a request from a civil authority, under imminently serious conditions and if time does not permit approval from higher authority. There is an unofficial time limit of 72 hours for immediate response operations. This is very open ended an be applied to almost any situation. The Secretary of Defense is not even needed to authorize this type engagement.
Small-scale events can be handled by a DCO, his DCE and EPLOs.
Medium-scale events may require deployment of a mission command headquarters such as USARNORTH’s Contingency Command Post, a Joint Headquarters or a Functional Component Command (FCC). Such a mediumscale organization is likely to be commanded by a Major General.
Large-scale events, usually employing multiple Joint Task Forces (JTFs) and/or FCCs, require an overarching JTF or FCC. Organizationally, a corps headquarters, commanded by a Lieutenant General, is the preferred choice to provide mission command of federal response forces.
Under the NDAA: Large scale troop deployments can last as long as 120 days with no say from congress at all. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 added Sec. 12304a. authorizes the SecDef to involuntarily order the Army Reserve, as well as all Services’ Reserves, to active duty to provide assistance in response to a major disaster or emergency for up to 120 days. This all at the sole discretion of the President of the United States (POTUS). Congress cannot even review it for 120 days.
MOA and MOU Agreements: Mutual Aid Agreements and Memoranda Of Understanding are contracts that can be entered into with any civil authority, where as DoD resources will be provided for an unspecified amount of time for very specific missions. The way the document reads any city, county or state civil authority, or even dog catcher it seems, can request and receive DoD resources. These are the agreements used for facilitating training off military property and can be entered into with private individuals or even other countries for global application.
to ensure we apply the right capability to the training or exercise event to ensure we are maximizing our efforts to retain interoperability with the Canadian Forces for global application.
This includes training with other countries inside and outside of the Continental United States(CONUS). Our troops can go there and their troops can come here.
Equally in Canada, the RAF has been that re-integration of Active Duty units in cross border training and exercise opportunities – having elements from their BCTs participating in Canada’s premier annual training exercise MAPLE RESOLVE.
Of course this mostly used on the War on Drugs as more military aircraft and drones patrol our skies looking for anything illegal. This includes the EPA snooping from the skies to make sure your not violating wetland protection laws to spying on protestors demonstrating against an oil pipeline.
Not exactly what the Founding Fathers of America intended as they constantly warned of this type of situation.
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.