Living in an Imperial World: Joint US/Canadian Military Ops re "Civil Emergencies"
Seen first in a comment on the always-excellent War on Guns blog, the story was published in a Kanuckistani paper last Friday:
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.
Here's the NORTHCOM release.
Seems that the NORTHCOM troopies have been up to other domestic things as well, as detailed in this story and this page from the NORTHCOM homepage. Make sure that you read NORTHCOM's "Vision 2020" white paper too.
It especially warms my cockles to see the references to "our neighbors", Canada and Mexico:
Our Commands fully rely on the relationships we maintain with partners such as Canada, Mexico and myriad agencies. While we have multiple partners and stakeholders, we are united in purpose to provide increased security and defense of North America. We will capitalize on the experience, expertise and capabilities of all potential partners, incorporating these into our plans, training, exercises and operations. Whether operating in a supported or supporting role, the forces employed for homeland defense or civil support must be able to work with every government, Service, and agency that provides members to serve in homeland and continental defense operations.
Wonder what that civil emergency is that so troubles the troopies?
Wonder also why, with all of that great interservice cooperation between the three (for now) nations, that we can't get our southern border secured? After all, the powers-that-be have told us that all of that North American Union stuff is just a "myth".
That Council on Foreign Relations paper entitled "Building a North American Community" and conveniently downloadable in English, Spanish, and French?
Just a think-piece.
It's not like the CFR and its members have any influence or anything.
In any event, I am utterly confident that, come der Tag, our Canuck and Mexican allies will be just as concerned with the sanctity of the Second Amendment as our own troops will be.