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The strategy, contained in a 40-page document called Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support and approved last month, says a more “active, layered” defense is necessary and that soldiers must be prepared to deal with large numbers of casualties arising from “multiple, simultaneous attacks” on U.S. soil.
“The move toward a domestic intelligence capability by the military is troubling,” said Cato Institute senior editor Gene Healy. “The last time the military got heavily involved in domestic surveillance, during the Vietnam War era, military intelligence kept thousands of files on Americans guilty of nothing more than opposing the war.