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Originally posted by Resinveins
reply to post by BindareDundat
Very astute question. Many people like to forget that the vast bulk of our military serves on a voluntary basis, and for a limited time. They don't stop having families when they join the services, nor do they become a bunch of mind controlled drones by doing so. They are much like the average American walking the street. In short, in the situation described, the biggest threat the U.S. military would face is mutiny within their own ranks. Not to say they all would refuse to fire on their own people, but I assure you many would.
[edit on 28-10-2008 by Resinveins]
Originally posted by jam321
My problem with military units being used for homeland duty is that the majority, especially combat troops, are trained to kill not police people. I imagine their policing skills would be vulgar, harsh, and very intimidating.
Do you believe that American citizens would stand up against the US military if the military used unjustified force against its own people?
Originally posted by clay2 baraka
It is difficult to protect the people when you are overseas.
Private military contractors will be the ones left to "protect us" in a crisis.
Originally posted by ashamedamerican
"There are several of us trying to put the crazies back in the box." - Admiral William Fallon
I'm a soldier and I would directly go against any order to harm my friends and family in the states.
Look at it this way, we would never have to lift a finger as I see it.
The president is surrounded by marines.
Those marines have families and friends.
Put yourself in their shoes.
You're standing feet from the same president who just ordered military action against the U.S. citizens. (including your family and friends)
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
-Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1385