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Originally posted by nunya13
reply to post by OldDragger
I think it is over dramatic, however, using military personnel to "police" American citizens at Kentucky Derby's, marathons, etc is nothing to "yawn" about.
The law very clearly states that the military aren't to be used in such a fashion. Their training is to combat foreign enemies and help in times of national disasters/emergencies, not to be used to direct traffic and keep unruly citizens in line because there's a supposed shortage of local officers.
I live in El Paso, Texas..a border city that is connected to Mexico's second largest city [I believe second] that is Juarez.
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.