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RAND Corporation Calls for a Domestic Stability Police Force
Since, as headlines in all the major national papers record, a military force that is more equipped for conquering than controlling populations faces seemingly insuperable challenges when acting in a policing capacity, the RAND Corporation has come to the rescue.
The RAND Corporation is the establishment’s go-to think tank for the pseudo-scientific justification for both the planned and perfidious expansion of government and the corresponding contraction of liberty. The latest RAND report, prepared at the behest (and on the dime) of the United States Army, is over 200 impenetrable pages long and proclaims loudly the urgent need for a “Stability Police Force (SPF).”
It should shock no one that the RAND Corporation’s suggestions include relieving the Army of its police role. The Army’s budget is tight (to the point of reportedly sending troops into harm’s way outfitted with troop transports that are little more than assembly-line jeeps), the global deployments in furtherance of the spread of American hegemony and empire have stretched thin the available corps of soldiers, and the consistent policy of subsequent presidential administrations is to steadily send surge after surge to the front lines of the “war on terror.”
According to the text of the 213-page study, entitled A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities, an SPF “is a high-end police force that engages in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and investigations of organized criminal groups.” The authors of the report affirm that they have but one goal: present evidence for why (or why not) an American SPF is necessary. Again, in the immortal words of Watergate-informant “Deep Throat” to Woodward and Bernstein: “Follow the money.” In this case, the Army funded the study and the report’s conclusions seem foregone.
The RAND Corporation’s pedigree and preference renders its findings less than revelatory, as well. The study goes on and on attempting to coat its government-expanding agenda in a patina of urgency, but despite the academic meanderings, the paper ends where you imagine it would, with a plan for the establishment of a new domestic, federal police force to respond to worldwide calamities and conflicts.
Sizing an SPF
Three case studies are presented by the RAND Corporation to support their recommendation of an SPF of 6,000 police. While this size force would be sufficient for “small” jobs like Cuba, Macedonia, or Cote d’Ivoire, the government would be best served by “a larger force” to handle stability operations in Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, or Venezuela. Could it be that by enumerating these potential theatres of SPF action the RAND Corporation is tipping readers off to the forthcoming thrust of American interventionist foreign policy?
While there are those who would call an SPF unit such as that proposed "occupiers," the authors prefer the softer, gentler moniker “external interveners.” Within 30 days, says the report, a battalion-sized SPF unit should be deployed in order to achieve “positional advantage against current or potential adversaries.” Even the vague and ominous choice of language reveals more of the authors’ vision than perhaps they intended. This gap-filler force is designed not only to re-establish law and order, as claimed early in the report, but to stand on guard ready to face future foes. That sounds less like a traditional police action than a military occupation.
If the Posse Comitatus Act proves an insuperable impediment, then the U.S. Marshals Service would be called off the bench to accomplish the goals of the American interventionist foreign policy. The officers of the SPF would be tasked with “lead roles in policing, judiciary, and corrections efforts” throughout the world, wherever the military is deployed or wherever “future foes” might adopt resistant postures unhelpful to the unchecked enshrinement of American hegemony.
The report’s final paragraph informs the Army that while the “findings do not minimize the role” played by the traditional military, they could always use a hand from a police partner trained to “supplement its [the Army’s] activities overseas” and impose the “rule-of-law” on the chaos and disorder so prevalent around the globe, particularly just before the arrival of American troops.
The New American