US Agree to Use Each Others Troops in Civil Emergencies
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, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept
silent on the deal.
This is a very bad development. US
law forbids the use of US
Military personal against civil disturbance by the American people. The Obama administration has found a way around
the president having an army at his disposal by inking a deal that at his behest
that Canadian Soldiers can enter the US and police the nation outside of
Constitutional law and restrictions. We have had bad feelings that the President has
done many of the things he has done to push the buttons of American citizens and
specific conservative groups, we believe in the endeavor to bring about a situation
where martial law would need to be declared. We will not spell out here all the ramifications
of such an act but this opens the possibility for the president to continue in emergency
rule where elections and opposing branches of state and federal governments could
be suspended and over-ruled. We are not there but we do believe that these all
are part of this administration’s goals, in other words a dictator ruling the US under emergency
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, but some are
questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.
Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new
agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.
The U.S. military’s Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a
statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart,
and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada
Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support
the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.
The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S.
The left-leaning Council of Canadians, which is campaigning against what it
calls the increasing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, is
raising concerns about the deal.
“It’s kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and
contentious issues like military integration. We see that this government is
reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on
American and Mexican websites,” said Stuart Trew, a
researcher with the Council of Canadians.
Trew said there is potential for the agreement to
militarize civilian responses to emergency incidents. He noted that work is
also underway for the two nations to put in place a joint plan to protect
common infrastructure such as roadways and oil pipelines.
“Are we going to see (U.S.)
troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?” he
Trew also noted the U.S.
military does not allow its soldiers to operate under foreign command so there
are questions about who controls American forces if they are requested for
service in Canada.
“We don’t know the answers because the government doesn’t want to even announce
the plan,” he said.
But Canada Command spokesman Commander David Scanlon said it will be up to
civilian authorities in both countries on whether military assistance is
requested or even used.
He said the agreement is “benign” and simply sets the stage for
military-to-military co-operation if the governments approve.
“But there’s no agreement to allow troops to come in,” he said. “It facilitates
planning and co-ordination between the two militaries. The ‘allow’ piece is
entirely up to the two governments.”
If U.S. forces were to come
into Canada they would be under
tactical control of the Canadian Forces but still under the command of the U.S. military,
News of the deal, and the allegation it was kept secret in Canada, is
already making the rounds on left-wing blogs and Internet sites as an example
of the dangers of the growing integration between the two militaries.
On right-wing blogs in the U.S.
it is being used as evidence of a plan for a “North American union” where
foreign troops, not bound by U.S.
laws, could be used by the American federal government to override local
“Co-operative militaries on Home Soil!” notes one website. “The next time your
town has a ‘national emergency,’ don’t be surprised if Canadian soldiers
respond. And remember — Canadian military aren’t bound by posse comitatus.”
Posse comitatus is a U.S. law that prohibits the use of
federal troops from conducting law enforcement duties on domestic soil unless
approved by Congress.
Scanlon said there was no intent to keep the agreement secret on the Canadian
side of the border. He noted it will be reported on in the Canadian Forces
newspaper next week and that publication will be put on the Internet.
Scanlon said the actual agreement hasn’t been released to the public as that
requires approval from both nations. That decision has not yet been taken, he
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