Over the past few days I’ve seen a number of articles talking about surges of troops in Iraq and military forces on U.S. streets.

Brigade Homeland Tour Starts Oct. 1. Gina Cavallaro. Army Times: September 30th, 2008.

The US Army is going to go “on tour” in the Homeland looking for terrorists (this means protesters). Their new weaponry is designed to “subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them,” the Army says. “They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and package fielded”. “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack” The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic, shields and batons, beanbag bullets, etc. Notice how the article only briefly mentions “crowd control” and drowns this out with threats of “chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear….” and other mushroom-cloud type words.

Invasion of the Sea Smurfs. Amy Goodman. Truth Dig: October 1st, 2008.

Referring to the previous article, Amy Goodman begins investigating because no one else seems to notice. The Army’s Consequence Management Response Force – nicknamed “sea smurf” – have patrolled the hard streets of Iraq, but will now be called upon to patrol U.S. streets for disasters and protests. Goodman writes, “The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 … included a section that allowed the president to deploy the armed forces to ‘restore public order’ or to suppress ‘any insurrection.'” Amy Goodman relates the surge in domestic security to the perceived threat of protests due to the crisis on Wall Street. But there may be other uses, as the next article explains.

Nearly 10,000 headed from Fort Lewis to Iraq, Pentagon announce plan to deploy total of 26,000. Scott Fontaine. Olympian: October 1st, 2008.

“All told, the U.S. military is planning deployments of about 26,000 troops and would maintain 14 combat brigades in Iraq from about February to early fall 2009… Nearly 10,000 troops from Fort Lewis will head to Iraq next year, when the post’s commanding general and the rest of I Corps take over daily operations in the country and two Stryker brigades fall under its command.”

10 Days That Shook Olympia. Peter Bohmer. Counter Punch: November 17th, 2007.

This article outlines the sequence of events and the fervor of the Port Militarization Resistance movement in the Pacific Northwest. In Olympia, WA ten days of non-stop protesting prevented military munitions and Stryker vehicle to be transported through the Port of Olympia. At one point in the week, the protest held the port out of police or military control for 18 straight hours, blocking roads and access to the port. Their goal was to contain the military equipment inside holding stalls and send a message to the rest of the country that this war should have been stopped already. I was there early that week and created this propaganda video about it.