Do We Need Combat Troops For Domestic Security?
by James Glaser
December 2, 2008

According to the Washington Post, it is a done deal. Congress has put up the funding, and 20,000 uniformed troops will now be stationed inside the United States. Yes, that is a big deal.

The Pentagon's plan calls for three rapid-reaction forces to be ready for emergency response by September 2011. The first 4,700-person unit, built around an active-duty combat brigade based at Fort Stewart, Ga., was available as of Oct. 1, said Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

If funding continues, two additional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state officials nationwide. All would be trained to respond to a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attack, or CBRNE event, as the military calls it.

Does this scare you? Well it sure does me. There is no valid reason to have armed American combat troops on our streets or controlling our cities. Right now, if attacked, our country would use every military unit in the country to defend our borders, but to have troops "supporting local and state officials nationwide" throws up a huge red flag.

Just who are these troops going to be supporting local and state government officials against? Could that be you and me? Is this a step that Adolph Hitler took on his way to taking control of Germany? Don't laugh. People in Germany thought it could never happen, and by the time they realized what was going on, it was too late. They had already lost their country.

Think about what is happening here in our country. The Patriot Act was one really big step, and this placement of combat troops here in the States could be the step Washington needs to enforce the taking away of the liberty and freedoms we still have.

Governments trying to take total control has been going on through out history. Why would you think the people we have in Washington today would be any different?

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