Monday, May 10, 2010
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
May 10, 2010

While most news media outlets and the American people are engulfed in news coverage regarding the economy, the 2010 elections, the Gulf oil spill and other stories, little if any news coverage exists about two major actions being considered by President Barack Obama and progressive lawmakers.

First, news of a increased role for the military within the United States is being totally ignored or suger-coated by the media, according to conservative observers. And second, apparently the United States will sign-on to an International Gun Control Plan, backed by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Numerous occurrences in the United States — both scheduled events and emergencies — require the Department of Defense to coordinate, integrate, and synchronize its homeland defense and civil support missions with a broad range of U.S. federal agencies, according to a congressional report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

In response to congressional inquiry, the Government Accountability Office examined the extent to which the Defense Department has identified “clearly defined roles and responsibilities for DOD entities to facilitate interagency coordination for homeland defense and civil support missions.”

“In other words, how can the Army or Marines usurp the authority of local police officers and citizen volunteer groups during a so-called emergency,” cautions former New York police detective and intelligence officer Sid Franes.

“Why would I be surprised? Obama has no regard for Constitutional authority and therefore he’ll disregard it’s provisions and the subsequent laws such as Posse Comitatus,” he added.

The report to congress articulated to its federal partners the DOD entities’ approach toward interagency coordination, and adopted key practices for managing homeland defense and civil support liaisons.

The GAO reviewed numerous DOD policy and guidance documents and interviewed officials from DOD and its partner agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

DOD has many strategy, policy, and guidance documents on interagency coordination for its homeland defense and civil support missions; however, DOD entities do not have fully or clearly defined roles and responsibilities, according to the report submitted to the U.S. Congress.

Overall, the GAO analysts found:

* DOD makes great effort to communicate with its federal partners through conferences and other forums and multiple documents, but it lacks a single, readily accessible source for its interagency partners to find needed information about its processes. The 2008 National Defense Strategy notes that a unified “whole-of-government” approach to national security issues requires “that federal partner agencies understand core competencies, roles, and missions, and the National Response Framework highlights the value of using a common concise partner guide for this purpose.”

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