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.
Sorry for the lag time in the responses I'm busier than a one armed paper hanger in the kitchen preparing a complicated recipe.
mmmmm Did both of you manage not to have noticed that the BLACK CLAD Gentleman (the ones with instructions to "shot-to-kill") were "contractors" ... BlackWater Mercenaries
On Kauai they prevented looting - but they never arrested anyone instead they detain the perp until the police arrives , which makes sense sine the NG does not have prisons or detention centers on Kauai . Keep in mind I don't remember if there was a State of Emergency / Martial Law in place at that time ?
I understand what you are saying Celandine but I don't think Gates is talking about the NG and Reserves becoming a "Black-Water" types of operation or having full police authority
The way I read this
National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland.
Seems to me he is just questioning if they have the ability from Hurricanes to a 911 type of event to meet disasters and he seems to want the Reserves to be brought more forward / active ?
As for defense ? what is he talking about ? If its from an invasion then yes , the NG has jets , tanks , trucks , helicopters If its from a terrorist attack , certainly not thats not what their trained for
Loc: Central Florida
As they saying goes, "Give a man a cookie, and he eats one meal. Teach a man to make cookies, and he will create a successful start-up company with a folksie name. His small company will change hands many times, making him a wealthy man. The pinnacle of fame will be reached when a popular TV comedy show has a character create his own cookie company, only to see it come crashing down because of a narcotic ingredient."
Ah, the Chinese. They sure have a saying for every situation.
Look, all I'm saying is that In Spite of Every GOOD Intention there will always be someone all too willing and (if left to their own devices) able to turn good into a trap for the unwary.
Watchful = Wary = AWARE = Be Wary = BEWARE
I believe we covered this discussion about some people opting to give away their civil liberties in exchange for the illusion of safety
Something about a willingness to allow people to search your person, packages, briefcase & purse on demand, in the hope of gaining a measure of safety on the subway.
If I remember correctly, the general consensus came down on the side of "ITMC" (I'll Take My Chances) rather than be forced to suffer the indignities people agree to at AirPort "Security" just to go about your daily life.
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