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Tank and Air Force Units Activated for deployment around the U.S.
20 Jul 2002
Modified: 21 Jul 2002
July 20, 2002WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after President Bush's release of a homeland defense strategy calling for the domestic use of U.S. military forces, the U.S. activated 300-Army National Guard tank battalions as part of a homeland defense force.

In a statement released Wednesday, president Bush said, the Battalions are equipped with modern battle tanks, the M1A1 Abrams" and "will serve in the homeland defense role within the United States."

Bush, commander-in-chief of the Armed forces, did not say what role the tank battalions would serve in homeland defense.

In addition to the tank battalions, the supreme commander activated 500 Air force fighter-bomber squadrons to patrol the U.S. packing full ordnance looking for terrorists, also 1000 Special Forces units were activated and will be deployed around the country to start door to door searches for suspicious people "in support of the war on terrorism," Bush said.

Bush's office forwarded questions about Saturday's activation to Dick.

Asked about the massive deployments of tanks and choppers, what role they would play in a domestic deployment, Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Horton said: "That can't be discussed. It all will depend on the mission."

Though he said he could not provide specifics, Horton said the activation was linked to Bush's quest for use of U.S. military forces on the home front.

The deployment will only last a few years, Horton said.
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This is bogus
20 Jul 2002
There isn't a trace of this article, the purported author, or "Robert Horton" on the Reuters Web site.

In addition, "Bush's office forwarded questions about Saturday's activation to Dick." is the sort of writing that wouldn't get past the proofreader at a local weekly, not to mention an international wire service.

Finally, the numbers are bogus. 300 armor battalions with M1s would provide the tank complement for 60 heavy armor divisions. How likely is it that the National Guard contains 60 armor divisions? The numbers of other types of unit look equally suspicious.

This is a fucking fabrication.
TANK AND AIR FORCE UNITS ACTIVATED FOR DEPLOY
21 Jul 2002

Clearly the Federal Government is expecting a mass revolt, probably as the bottom falls out of the stock market in the next few weeks. When you see US tanks against US citizens, will you realize then that this is not a joke; that dictatorship has come to the US, and the same government that borrowed itself into bankruptcy intends to loot you and your children


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Posted on Thu, Jul. 18, 2002



Alabama activates tank unit as part of homeland defense
Guardsmen from Special Forces units also called
BY S. THORNE HARPER
Staff Writer

A day after President Bush's release of a homeland defense strategy calling for the possible domestic use of U.S. military forces, Alabama activated a 300-soldier Army National Guard tank battalion as part of a homeland defense force.

In a statement released Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said the Ozark, Ala.-based 1st Battalion, 131st Armor "is equipped with modern battle tanks, the M1A1 Abrams" and "will serve in the homeland defense role within the United States."

Siegelman, commander-in-chief of the state's national guard, did not say what role the tank battalion would serve in homeland defense.

In addition to the tank battalion, 200 guardsmen from Special Forces units based in Auburn and Huntsville were activated and "will conduct post-mobilization training and then deploy to undisclosed locations in support of the war on terrorism," Siegelman said.

Siegelman's office forwarded questions about Wednesday's activation to the Alabama National Guard.

Asked if the armored battalion was deploying with its tanks and, if so, what role they would play in a domestic role, Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Horton said: "That can't be discussed. It all will depend on the mission."

Though he said he could not provide specifics, Horton said the activation was not linked to Bush's quest for use of U.S. military forces on the home front.

The deployment will last one to two years, Horton said.






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