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Friday, October 06, 2006

Camo Looks Smart

The girls they love to see you shoot
(Bang bang you're dead)
I love a man in a uniform
--lyrics "I Love a Man in a Uniform," Gang of Four


I'm not commenting on the article which spurred my thoughts, "Thousands Wrongly on Terror List" (Leslie Miller, AP, 9/6/06), as the title needs no explanation.

Rather, I noted the AP photo accompanying the piece. The caption states, "A National Guard (NG) troop walks through a terminal at Logan International Airport." This NG member is not an air traveler, but rather, is on patrol.

As I've written before, this is a violation of Posse Comitatus, since it is utilizing the military to enforce civilian law.
Posse Comitatus allows the use of NG assets as a short-term fix, but five years have passed since 9-11; one could reasonably expect civilian law enforcement to police our domestic airports. National Guardsmen have no civilian law enforcement function.

Why do Americans accept the encroachment of Department of Defense functions into our domestic life? Are we so cowed that we welcome this Constitutional abrogation and insidious militarization of our government? I suppose having the camo and boots on display makes us feel somehow protected.

Further, this policing seems like a grand waste of time and resources, as the Guardsmen are not effectively reducing any terrorist threat. Policing the airports like this is the proverbial shutting of the barn door after the horse has escaped.

Are there any intelligence indicators that U.S. airports are currently being targeted by terrorists? If so, why not alert the citizenry to this fact?

Instead, the next significant terrorist scenario will avoid U.S. airports. Terrorists are dynamic, and will creatively operate to minimize U.S. security measures. And a lone National Guardsman will not deter a determined adversary.

2 Comments:

Blogger Lurch said...

Effective commentary, but your valid premise ignores the historical fact that Bu$hCo is about form, not substance. As Billy Crystal, channeling Rocardo Montalban said, "It is better to look good than to feel good."

Since I don't fly, and won't fly, I haven't seen these Guardsmen. I wonder whether they're even issued ammunition. It would certainly be an expected Bu$h malAdministration action to but them out there with empty mags.

Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 7:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

I have often thought of the Ricardo Montelban/Billy Crytsal connection as applies to this adm.

Honestly, I am more afraid of NG with ammo than threats from terrorists, as I do not trust NG state of training.

If the NSA intercepts were as effective as we're led to believe, an actual terrorist threat should never make it to an airport. My solution to the threat is not more guards, but better profiling; don't allow more than two Arab males on the same flight.

We could learn a thing or two from El Al. No Arab male gets to fly who has a scrubbed or newly-issued passport, unless there is an air marshall on flight.

Thanks for your continued support,

Jim

Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 7:58:00 PM GMT-5  

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