Elite combat brigade for homeland security missions raises ire of ACLU

Elite combat brigade for homeland security missions raises ire of ACLU

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command. (Photo/Erin Rosa)

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command. (Photo/Erin Rosa)
In the next three years the military plans to activate and train an estimated 4,700 service members for specialized domestic operations, according to Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which was created in 2002 for homeland defense missions.

The comments, made at the annual National Homeland Defense and Security Symposium in Colorado Springs last week, reveal more details about the recent stationing of active military personnel inside United States borders for what officials say is a mission centering around responding to catastrophic emergencies.

In September the Army Times reported that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team — a unit based in Fort Stewart, Ga., that most recently spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle gear — would be put under the control of Northern Command, located on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

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5 comments so far

  1. jonolan on

    Everything that the government does raises the ire of the ACLU. They’ve made themselves irrelevant by their own ubiquitous and mindless dissent.

  2. Junius on

    I’d be more concerned with the content of the concerns than the group raising them. Particularly when it involves domestic deployment of the armed forces.

    That’s just me tho.

  3. jonolan on

    The polls are close enough that I’m glad for the presence of troops. I would not be surprised by violent unrest if Obama looses. We’ll need those troops to maintain order and quell the insurgents.

  4. Junius on

    Martial law ftw!

    Also: isn’t that what the National Guard is for?

  5. jonolan on

    Most of the national guard is in Iraq. LOL


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