Remember the Sea Smurfs?
Sea Smurfs was the mercifully shorter nickname given to NorthComm's 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, the Consequence Management Response Force. It's also become known as Bush's private army because, as reported in Army Times, they have been deployed inside the US to deal with "homeland scenarios" and "may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control".
Reporting on a National Homeland Defense and Security Symposium in Colorado last week, the Colorado Independent newspaper tells us the Sea Smurfs are about to grow by at least two more military units over the next two years, bringing their number to an estimated total of 4,700.
A worried ACLU is busy filing FOIs, as the commander of NorthCommand makes soothing noises: "These are medical personnel, they’re chemical decontamination teams, they’re engineering teams, they’re logistics folks."
Yeah, well , they've got tanks and guns too and they'll be "using military tactics, including some tested in Iraq". which is where these smurfs have just hailed from.
As we discovered back in February : "Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency".
The definition of just what would constitute "an emergency" continues to worry me.
Good little vid on one man's reaction to the Sea Smurfs from ACR.