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The New York National Guard has been a part of missions across the world, but they also have a very important one right here at home.
Its to keep drugs off of local streets, their technology and training is free to local police departments and agencies, no one has been turned away.
Dust and desert are the images most equate with the New York National Guard, on the front lines in the middle east, fighting the war on terror.
These images are pictures of another fight, a fight here at home.
Col. Alden Saddlemire says, "our people are committed to fight. Its a domestic fight they firmly believe in."
The NY National Guard's Counterdrug task force, providing not only the people, but the equipment law enforcement may need to make drug arrests, seizures.
SSG. Brian Gillis says, "we can go on the scene and sniff or take a swab with this and it can tell you what it is."
Using ionization, counterdrug's machines can detect chemicals, explosives, narcotics on money, weapons, even fabric. A simple swab can tell you if that surface had contact with those substances.
A simple sweep of an undercarriage or a scan of a car can help find drugs or weapons being brought into the capital region. While the undervehicle inspection system looks for traps or voids where anything could be taped or bolted in, the mobile vehicle inspection system takes it one step further.
Gillis says, "its basically an x-ray. If you zoom in you can see the rifle laid across the bottom."
With a warrant, a department can request a scan. Then, with the swing of an arm, gamma rays outline the car and its skeleton.
The constitution is old and useless, let's suspect people of terrorism and then torture them.