…Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.
It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.
But this new mission marks the first time 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.
After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one…
The article describes this bizarre move as “helping people at home”. But the article does note,
In the meantime, they’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.
They may be called upon to help 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.
So, just for reference, the definition of martial law is,
1 : the law applied in occupied territory by the military authority of the occupying power
2 : the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when the civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety
Martial Law – Merriam Webster
So, according to the definition of martial law, it doesn’t have to constitute an emergency. It’s simple: it means that if military applies law, it’s martial law. Decide for yourself.
Historically, an emergency and/or natural disaster has been dealt with using military means in the U.S., but has been only a temporary situation. The “Brigade homeland tours” will begin Oct. 1, apparently as a 12 month long tour in the U.S. It is probably planned to renew at the end of the 12 month period.
U.S. Army Col. Louis Vogler states,
I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.
Even Col. Vogler doesn’t know why.
Army Times article
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now also reports: