US Army Combat Team Deployed in US

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Researched by Kerry Headley and Chris McMannis

For the first time in 100 years, and contrary to longstanding legal prohibition, an active duty military unit is permanently assigned inside the US.  On October 1, 2008 the 3rd Infantry Division’s First Brigade Combat Team of 3,000 to 4,000 troops, which has spent three of the past five years in Iraq in active combat, deployed in the US to respond to domestic emergencies. Their duties, under the supervision of NorthCom, will include crowd control and maintaining order in events of civil unrest—matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities and the National Guard. “This is a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement and military authority, and could, quite possibly, represent a violation of law,” said Mike German, ACLU national security policy counsel and former FBI Agent. “Our Founding Fathers understood the threat that a standing army could pose to American liberty…they passed statutory protections to ensure that the Army could not be turned against the American people. The erosion of these protections should concern every American.” In order to assess the implications of the recent deployment, the ACLU requested the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense to immediately make public all legal opinions, executive orders, presidential directives, memos, policy guidance, and other documents that authorize the deployment of military troops for domestic purposes.

“Brigade Homeland Tours Start Oct. 1” Gina Cavallaro, Army Times, 9/8/2008

“Why is a US Army Brigade Being Assigned to the ‘Homeland’?” Glenn Greenwald,, 9/24/2008

“Is Posse Comitatus Dead? US Troops on US Streets” Democracy Now!, 10/7/2008

“ACLU Demands Information on Military Deployment Within US Borders” ACLU, Common Dreams, 10/21/2008