Enjoying your American freedom? Savor it now while you can. The troops are coming to tighten the carceral noose around your throat:
The U.S. military
expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by
2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear
terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon
The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in
homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop
commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts,
defense analysts said.
There are critics of the change, in the military and among
civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the
new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly
undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law
restricting the military’s role in domestic law enforcement.
Are the new troops there to protect us from a terrorist strike — or to protect us from the freedoms of thought and movement we currently enjoy?