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US Military to conduct civil reconnaissance in 5 eastern North Carolina counties, Jan 2009
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US Army to conduct training exercise in 5 North Carolina coastal counties

By Thadd White | Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
December 23, 2008

Monday night, Captain Bill Adams briefed the Bertie County Commissioners on the possible exercise that will be conducted jointly in Bertie County, Brunswick County, Carteret County, Onslow County and Pamlico County.

We go overseas and operate the civil component, Adams said. We do humanitarian assistance and determine where aid and assistance can best be applied.
Capt. Adams said the training will be held January 19-23 when the (97th Civil Affairs) Battalion deploys to the five coastal counties. The teams will conduct civil reconnaissance focusing on local leadership and local infrastructure.

The battalion will look at such things as police, fire, emergency management, sanitation, public health, public works and public education.

At the end of the week, one of the five counties will be chosen to receive a follow up element to conduct more in-depth assessments, Capt. Adams said. This choice will be based on information gathered by the five teams during their assessments.
The second phase will be held January 26-30 at the site of the county chosen. The C Company will conduct their planning process and conduct telephonic coordination with the county prior to arrival.
The final phase will be slated for February 2-6 when C Company will deploy to the selected county. They will divide into five teams and work in five different municipalities.

The conduct of the operation includes:

All soldiers will be in civilian attire;

No weapons will be carried;

No tactical vehicles will be used;

No tactical or covert training will be conducted;

Soldiers will stay in local hotels;

Teams will always conduct prior coordination for assessments or meetings, they will not show up uninvited;

Teams will obey local laws and will show the utmost courtesy to local residents and county officials; and

Units will notify the sheriffs department and/or other designated county points of contact of their presence immediately upon arrival.

Many of the areas we go to are coastal areas and we tried to pick geographic parallels, Capt. Adams said. We wanted an urban, semi-urban and rural area.

Cherry asked if any commissioner had an objection to the training and no commissioner voiced opposition.

It seems there is no opposition to your request, Cherry said.

Commission Vice Chairman L.C. Hoggard III asked if the group would work with local fire departments, police departments and the like and was told they would.


Military to Deploy 20,000 Soldiers For Homeland Security, WP, December 1, 2008

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.


The Invisible Battle Over Posse Comitatus, Eric Alterman, October 23, 2008


(The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007):

..... just a few paragraphs into the $500 billion, 591-page bill, to undermine a centuries-old tenet of American law: the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which restricts the presidents ability to deploy the Army inside the United States.

Before the bill passed, the president could deploy troops inside the United States only if he invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807, which allows for deployment only to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy. The new law expands the list to include natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other conditionand such a condition is not defined or limited.

Lo and behold, President Bush has done just this, deploying an entire brigade from Iraq for domestic activities inside the United States. The 3rd Infantry Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team has, since October 1st, been under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force. Yet the mainstream media has raised nary an eyebrow at this striking expansion of presidential power taken in defiance of centuries of legal precedentyet another in a series so large as to defy calculation.

Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly is perhaps the only reporter who even noticed the language in the fall of 2006, and virtually no other mainstream media outlet even mentioned the action. Even more surprising, a pitched battle erupted in Congress over just this issue, and lasted over a year. And still, weve seen no coverage.


Dennis Kucinich: 2008 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes use of US military for domestic purposes, November 9, 2007

Where is the F#*$ing media?

White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove (R) performs a rap dance alongside NBC White House correspondent David Gregory during the entertainment section of the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner at a hotel in Washington.
March 30, 2007

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