Wednesday, September 24, 2008
FROM DEMOCRACY NOW VIA JSMINESET.COM
Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/22/headlines Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds. GT sez: Get your weapons cleaned and re-learn how to use them effectively for self-defensive purposes, and possibly other situations.