Thursday, September 25, 2008

Military Occupation, coming to a city near you

Glenn Greenwald provides some outraged commentary regarding the activation of a US military brigade for crowd control and terrorism response within the United States.

The force will be known as the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF (pronounced “sea-smurf”). CBRNE is an abbreviation for Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive.

You gotta love the military and their acronyms.

I don't think this deployment is a good sign by any means, but I'm not surprised. I blogged about Republican machinations against the Posse Comitatus act back in 2005.

This may bring into sharp contrast one of the right wing's favorite talking points; the contention that personal ownership of firearms allows Americans to throw off a tyrannical government.

It will be interesting (in a morbid way) to see that proposition put to the test. I don't think the argument holds water anymore. The ability of the military to subdue insurgents in Iraq with urban air support, armored vehicles and precision munitions make me think that our military would make short work of American insurgents armed with rifles.

Having the most kick-ass military in the world is a mixed blessing.

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