Army Combat Brigade to take on first-of-its-kind homeland security detail

By Paul Schmelzer
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:52 am

“Sea-smurf”: The pronunciation for the acronym couldn’t be any cuter, but the duties of the U.S. Army’s CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF) could potentially be quite ugly — using military tactics, including some tested in Iraq, amid civilian populations here in the U.S.

According to a September 8 report by The Army Times, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, acting for one year under the CCMRF moniker, will be employed domestically in homeland security-related efforts, starting October 1. Duties, the paper reports, could include assisting with “civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.”

It’s historic: Never before has an active unit has been given “a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities,” the paper reports.

While troops could be enlisted to operate the “jaws of life” for rescues following traffic wrecks or clear roadways blocked by debris, they’ll also be trained in the use of “nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.”

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding,” Col. Roger Cloutier of the 1st Brigade Combat Team said. “They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The main role of CCMRF seems akin to what the National Guard provides: help after natural or man-made disasters and protection against domestic attack.  The Army Times piece says nothing about new terror threats that might warrant the move or whether domestic military action may violate the Posse Comitatus or Insurrection acts, which restrict the use of the military for law enforcement.

Via Democracy Now, which on Monday had this brief report:

Update: Glenn Greenwald has more.



Comment posted September 25, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

Time for the Left to become champions of the 2nd amendment.

vermin supreme
Comment posted September 25, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

oooops. there goes another bedrock doc.
Time to champion the third amendment or else those soldiers will be living in YOUR house like it was a Bed and Breakfast . Hey, soldier , keep your feet off the furniture… and stop leaving the cap off the tube of toothpaste , will you…. and put the seat down….

Comment posted September 26, 2008 @ 12:03 am




beryl k gullsgate
Comment posted September 27, 2008 @ 7:47 am

RNC police tactics were the ‘Jaws-of-Death’ for civil liberties and the right of public assembly. Only a scant “review” but no accountability for police involved in acts beyond the ‘call of duty’…all that mace and tazer rubber bullets etc, and no place to go? Some not all law enforcement went far beyond what was called for, other than if this were a police state. It looks like RNC enforcement overkill is the canary-in-the-mine, a practice run, for later controlling activities. Protest is not a four-letter word in a free society.

Or you could say…first we started walling ourselves in to protect ourselves from those who do not like us anymore. Now we have to govern/control the people themselves who question the state we find ourselves in because of acts by this administration; acts of imperialism on steroids, activated in the greater world beyond our borders. So what next…who knows?

Comment posted October 5, 2008 @ 8:31 am

Violation of Posse Comitatus Act of 1879 — THIS IS ILLEGAL and Administration and Army should be SUED.

Comment posted October 8, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

The same people that complain that this is a violation of civil rights are usually the same people who complain that the government doesn’t do enough to prevent human suffering. It is very clear (to those who actually do the research) that the Department of Defense plays a purely supporting role in domestic catastrophes- and then only major ones where the state has already begged the president to declare a national emergency. The DoD is there only to do what the Lead Federal Agency (FEMA) tells them to do. In a situation where there are tens of thousands of civilian casualties (read: small nuke in large metropolitan area) the DoD is THE ONLY AGENCY with sufficient medical, logistical personnel assets to handle a situation of that magnitude. If you are suffering from the effects of a nuclear blast, are you really going to scream about the constitution because an Active Army doctor is treating your wounds? Get real.

Comment posted October 13, 2008 @ 7:04 am

i am a member of CCMRF 9.1

We are not doing law enforcement stuff… our primary role is support for our homeland. Some of us have been to war and some haven’t…it doesnt mean that we are going to use the TTP’s that we use over seas.

Some of us are CBRN soldiers trained in detection and mitigation of CBRN agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals and Toxic Industrial Materials. We are here to support our country if we are attacked again.

Do you want us to be attacked again and have no way of dealing with it? I want our troops to stand ready to deploy…so what if its in the U.S. we are here to help and if you dont like it move to Mexico or better yet move to a 3rd world country and maybe then you will have a change of thought…but for you…the people who dont want to understand whats going on… if you are going to complain SHUT UP and support your Troops because if you dont we will not have our freedom for much longer.

A Pround Soldier….

Thank you MEB!!

Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 12:53 am

Proud Soldier

It sounds like you are ready, willing and able to carry out whatever orders your command issues. If it includes subduing fellow americans, and depriving them of their constitutional rights, I hope you have the guts to look them squarely in the eyes as you violate them. And should one of them happen to be a relative or child of a friend, I trust you will impartially apply your skills in overcoming all resistance. After all that is what millions of americans died for in 2 world wars, and the conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Persian Gulf. That is what the founding fathers envisioned and the patriots battled tyranny to achieve. Total subjugation of the citizens of the United States of America.
The concept that you may have been deceived is impossible for you to wrap your head around.
The Bible says “The heart is deceitfully wicked, above all things: Who can know it?” Do you truly know your own heart Proud Soldier, let alone those who seek to SHUT UP all who disagree with their actions and plans.

When the Spirit which called you to lay down your life for your country finally awakens you, I pray you have at least one friend left to extend forgiveness to you.


Comment posted October 24, 2008 @ 11:36 am

In an emergency, I want the governor to use the state’s national guard. I don’t want the Dept. of Defense calling the shots. As our economy fails, and it is and will continue to do so, I want our resources to be focused on alleviating problems, not imposing order with an army that is consuming our resources.
We need an army large enough to protect our borders and contribute to an international peacekeeping force. The days of the American Empire are over. Someone needs to tell the military that believes its own propaganda. They will be the last to know. Sadly, they may find out after they have created chaos and misery in their own country.
In Iraq 90% of the casualties are civilians. How can that be improved? In America, 100% of the casualties will be civilians. USA! USA!

Comment posted October 26, 2008 @ 10:02 am

Well, with the hypocritical beginnings of American society and history, nothing surprises me. A review of the history reveals that anytime anyone goes against the status quo, war is declared and destruction takes place. The current move to recreate serfdom and slavery through the stealing of resources, throwing people out of their homes etc. is bound to create social unrest and this deployment is obvious due to advanced planning. Huey P. Newton has said in his dissertation, War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in the United States, ” The study proposed here finds its importance and justification in the concept that several of the original problems of American democracy have endured with increasing ominous consequences for the full realization of democratic government in the United States. In particular, two of the most crucial problems which have hindered the development of truly democratic government in America are treated here:

1. Class and racial cleavages, which have historically been the source of division and bitter antagonism between sectors of American society, and
2. The inherent and longstanding distrust held by the American ruling class of any institutionalized democracy involving the mass population”. Thus, the struggle continues…

Marine Cold War Vet
Comment posted November 4, 2008 @ 11:24 am

Pround Soldier,

I can see and understand where you are coming from, and I assume that you are a young christian doing your duty to serve your country as is expected of you. I too, served my country during the Cold War, when we faced off against Red States. The slogan in my time was “Better dead than red.” After today’s election, in event of a civil war if McCain wins, I hope you discover where your loyalties are, with the Americans for truth and democracy or with the modern Red States, whose values I was trained to fight, along with my fellow Cold War vets, who know that there is no difference between the values of the Communist Red States that we stood against, and the theocratic Red States who we stand against today.

As you fight for your god, remember that we fought (and never won against) a theocracy in 2001, the Taliban. They, too, fought to preserve a state whose laws are prescribed by their god.

Comment posted November 5, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

I hope the soldiers know that back home other soldiers are doing the same thing to their families

Comment posted November 6, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

Desert Storm Veteran here. I love GOD, my family and my country. I sweat and bled to keep her(USA)free. I wrote a check to Uncle Sam for the amount of “MY LIFE should that be my final payment. That check hasn’t been paid in full…”YET”. To you MEB and Proud Soldier, you really need to read the Constitution and “LISTEN” to your heart…along with your elder Veterans. This Posse Comitatus override is a prequal to what can take place. Will you take up arms against your own? I promise if the likes of you take up arms against Vet’s like me….That check will be paid in full. Honor, Loyalty, Integrity….HOOAHH!!!

Comment posted November 7, 2008 @ 12:35 am

Obama and the anti-christ will walk hand and hand into the White House!Martial Law will control the civilians after the bankruptcy of our country!!

Comment posted March 29, 2009 @ 11:24 am

When a small number of people decide to wreak havoc within the confines of our borders there will be no time to discuss beliefs, laws, values blah, blah, blah…The victims will look for rescue and safety, as they did on 9-11. As much time and money as we’ve spent since 9-11, the goal was not to turn our first responders into a military force. And as the economy effects every department, so it does the police. We are not a combat force. No one in Louisiana complained when the military stepped in (belatedely) with their equipement and personnel. Soldiers/Sailors/Marines swear…”to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic”…What happens when they come here? You’re National Guard are not trained or prepared to respond quickly to a combat scenrio. That was never the concept or intent. When does a terrorist act become an act of war? According to previous comments, Pos.Com. prevents that from ever happening…Good Luck to all of you, I am preparing for what I think eventually will happen.

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