WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2008 (AP) Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday ordered his top department leaders to conduct a broad review to determine whether the military, National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland.
His overall tone, however, pressed officials to better inte- grate reservists into the modern day military and consider treating them on a more equal basis to the active duty troops. Separately, he asked for more detailed proposals to better develop funding for Guard and Reserve programs and equipment.
Arnold L. Punaro, who was chairman of the commission, welcomed Gates' recommendations Monday, saying that improving the military's role in homeland defense and enhancing the clout of the reserves "represent a historic break with the past."
"Make no mistake, his decisions are aimed at landmark changes, changes that are essential if the Guard & Reserves are to remain fully capable of meeting current and future threats," said Punaro.
Be careful what you wish for... "The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services ... from exercising nominally state law enforcement police or peace officer powers that maintain 'law and order' on non-federal property. . . . The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the United States National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. . . . The Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement." ...you just might get it!
I thought the same thing but then she opened her mouth.
heard a funny line from Ed Schultz... lady called in and asked if he thought Palin would run in 2012 against Obama? He said he didn't know, anything possible. She remarked "OH I'd love to see her debate Obama!"
Ed asked her "Do you know what you call that event ?" She says "NO?"
Ed says "Pay for View !!" "They raise an enormous amount of $$, enough to fund both campaigns, with that smack down!"
Well, but the National Guard can and does provide policing. I remember during the summer of '67, driving along the Gulf Coast in AL and MS, seeing NG troops standing with their machine guns on street corners to prevent rioting. Those long hot summers saw a lot of police action by the NG, carp.
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