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Sunday 23 November American armed forces are assuming major new domestic policing and surveillance roles. Preoccupied with the war in Iraq and still traumatized by Sept. Under the banner of "homeland security," the military and intelligence communities are implementing far-reaching changes that blur the lines between terrorism and other kinds of crises and will break down long-established barriers to military action and surveillance within the U.
Eberhart's Colorado-based command is charged with enhancing homeland security in two ways: That too may sound unexceptionable: The military has long had mechanisms to respond to a request for help from state governors.
Being the military, moreover, contingency planners approach preparing by assuming the worst. All of this is a major -- and potentially dangerous -- departure from past policy. The courts have interpreted this to mean that the military is prohibited from any active role in direct civilian law enforcement, such as search, seizure or arrest of civilians.
Owens, a professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College. Looking at the issue historically, Owens wrote in an August essay in the National Review's online edition that "the use of soldiers as a posse [places] them in the uncomfortable position of taking orders from local authorities who had an interest in the disputes that provoked the unrest in the first place.
Of course, what he knows is that amendments approved by Congress in for that earlier civilian war, the war on drugs, have already expanded the military's domestic powers so that Washington can act unilaterally in dispatching the military without waiting for a state's request for help.
Furthermore, the president, after proclaiming a state of emergency, can authorize additional actions. Indeed, the military is presently operating under just such an emergency declaration.
Eberhart's command has defined three levels of operations, each of which triggers a larger set of authorized activities. The levels are "extraordinary," "emergency" and "temporary. During "emergencies," the military can provide similar support, mostly in response to specific events such as the attacks on the World Trade Center.
It is only in the case of "extraordinary" domestic operations that the unique capabilities of the Defense Department are deployed. These include not just such things as air patrols to shoot down hijacked planes or the defusing of bombs and other explosives,but also bringing in intelligence collectors, special operators and even full combat troops.
But, he said, "We get information from people who do.
The seemingly innocuous CIFA was originally given the mission of protecting the Defense Department and its personnel, as well as "critical infrastructure," against espionage conducted by terrorists and foreign intelligence services. Rumsfeld expanded CIFA's mission, charging it with maintaining "a domestic law enforcement database that includes information related to potential terrorist threats directed against the Department of Defense.
These military agents will pursue leads in local communities of potential threats to the military. Eberhart also plans to have his own cadre of agents working with local law enforcement. Next year, he plans to transform Joint Task Force Six, a drug interdiction unit of military personnel at Ft.
The new task force will be given nationwide responsibility for working with law enforcement agencies. CIFA, moreover, has been given a domestic "data mining" mission: Anderson III, Eberhart's deputy. Another ambitious domestic project is being undertaken by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which is gathering "geospatial information" about cities, the borders and seaports.
This "urban data inventory" combines unclassified and classified data including such things as the location of emergency services, communications, transportation and food supplies with a high-resolution satellite map of the United States.
When the mapping efforts are completed, a national "spatial data infrastructure" will be created down to the house level. Intelligence analysts speak of one day being able to identify individual occupants, as well as their national background and political affiliations.
Though the military is just getting its systems in place, there can be no other conclusion: Domestic surveillance is back. It's not that we're heading toward martial law. But outside the view of most of the public, the government is daily expanding military operations into areas of local government and law enforcement that historically have been off-limits.
And it doesn't seem far-fetched to imagine that those charged with assembling "actionable intelligence" will slowly start combining databases of known terrorists with seemingly innocuous lists of contributors to charities or causes, that membership lists for activist organizations will be folded in, that names and personal data of anti-globalization protesters will be run through the "data mine.
Given all this, it might be a good time for state and local governments to ask themselves whether the federal government, through the military, is slowly eroding their power to manage what -- for very good reasons -- have always been considered local responsibilities.
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Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important. Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in the wake of the Sept.
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It solves the security problems we had ten years ago, not the security problems we have today. The problem. The U.S. Army’s Operating Concept was issued in August with three goals. First, it aims to portray how future Army forces will conduct operations as part of a joint force to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in a range of contingencies, at home and abroad.
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