Saturday, September 27, 2008

I breifly mentioned thugs in a previous post

posted by The Vidiot @ 9:17 AM Permalink

But I didn't go into because it freaked me out too much and I wanted to calm down a bit. I'm still freaked out, but you have to read this:

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

Posse Comitatus? Gone.

Like I said, I'm still freaked out, and when I told Mr. Vidiot about it, he said, "No way. I don't believe you." So I showed him the article and then HE freaked out.

I'm telling you, this is bad. It's real bad. From another article:
It appears that as part of the training for deployment within the US, the soldiers have been ordered to test some of this non-lethal equipment on each other.

"I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered," Cloutier told the Army Times. He described the effects of the electroshock weapon as "your worst muscle cramp ever—times 10 throughout your whole body."

The colonel’s remark suggests that, in preparation for their "homefront" duties, rank-and-file troops are also being routinely Tasered. The brutalizing effect and intent of such a macabre training exercise is to inure troops against sympathy for the pain and suffering they may be called upon to inflict on the civilian population using these same "non-lethal" weapons.
Someone knows something bad is going to happen and I'm not at all comfortable with the fact that NYC is within NORTHCOM's purview.

Update: I just want to remind folks what happens when the military has to deal with civilians.

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