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"Members of Port Security Unit 309 based in Port Clinton on Lake Erie left Tuesday night from the Air National Guard base in Mansfield. The unit protects ports and shipping channels.
To prepare for the deployment, reservists trained with the Navy at Coronado, Calif., and the Army at Fort Dix, N.J.
The unit has deployed in recent years for service in the Gulf of Mexico, Kuwait and Sicily".
Originally posted by Kr0nZ
Its a Canadian conspiracy.
-Convince the US to ease up troops on the lake Erie border
we Canadians will be setting up a beachhead in Cleveland any moment now, watch out for the Poutine mines
But on a serious note, I dont see in the article where it says that this unit is the 'search and rescue unit' (The coast guard does more than that). From your article it does say that this unit 'protects ports and shipping channels.' So I would assume they are having problems with pirates in that area.edit on 20/6/12 by Kr0nZ because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Kr0nZ
So I would assume they are having problems with pirates in that area.
Authority as a law enforcement agency USCG helicopter firing warning shots at smugglers in a boat. 14 U.S.C. § 2 authorizes the Coast Guard to enforce federal law. This authority is further defined in 14 U.S.C. § 89, which gives law enforcement powers to all Coast Guard commissioned officers, warrant officers, and petty officers. Unlike the other branches of the United States Armed Forces, which are prevented from acting in a law enforcement capacity by the Posse Comitatus Act and Department of Defense policy, under 18 U.S.C. § 1385 the Coast Guard is exempt from and not subject to the restrictions of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Further law enforcement authority is given by 14 U.S.C. § 143 and 19 U.S.C. § 1401, which empower U.S. Coast Guard active and reserve commissioned officers, warrant officers, and petty officers as federal customs officers. This places them under 19 U.S.C. § 1589a, which grants customs officers general law enforcement authority, including the authority to:
(1) carry a firearm; (2) execute and serve any order, warrant, subpoena, summons, or other process issued under the authority of the United States; (3) make an arrest without a warrant for any offense against the United States committed in the officer's presence or for a felony, cognizable under the laws of the United States committed outside the officer's presence if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing a felony; and (4) perform any other law enforcement duty that the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate.
Their last budget increase was $87 million.. still very underfunded.