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 officials.
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.
Let's assume this is not a sinister plot (which I do not rule out) and take it at face value that members of the United States security establishment are genuinely worried about the terrorist threat. Even under that premise, this represents complete and utter negligence on the part of the federal government to protect the United States from military attack and additionally threatens a massive infringement on civil liberties.
Robert Tracinski once described the emphasis on "homeland security" as America's Maginot Line referring to the useless fortifications and obstacles set up by the French in the run up to World War II. In other words, instead of identifying and defeating our enemy militarily, the United States is retreating behind a wall. Instead of using the most sophisticated intelligence and military in world history to name and annihilate the perpetrators of such attacks (see Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria), the federal government is going to turn our military inward to harass American citizens on the premise that it is "protecting" us from a "potential" attack.
This plan needs to be defeated not only on grounds that it represents a violation of Posse Comitatus but also that it represents a total appeasement of our enemies. See Dr. John Lewis site for more on history lesson's regarding appeasement and the proper approach to foreign threats.