Russian troops on American soil are supposedly only here to offer “assistance” to FEMA during emergencies and disasters. According to media reports, 15,000 Russian troops have been requested by the Obama administration for this “training” exercise on American soil.
Russian troops began carrying out joint anti-terrorism drills in America last May. US Defense Press Officer Commander Wendy L. Snyder had this to say about the Russian soldiers on US military bases:
“This is part of a formal bilateral exchange program between the US and Russia that seeks to develop transparency and promote defense reform.”
Transparency has been the keyword of choice for the Obama administration—which has been anything but. When approximately 20 airborne Russian troops arrived at Fort Carson in Colorado last year, it was the first time soldiers from the country had ever engaged in military training on American soil. The foreign soldiers supposedly were trained on how to target terrorists in America.
The existence of Russian troops in America has bolstered both concern and anger about United Nations-prompted global peacekeeping force. Representative of both President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met last week in Washington, D.C. The meeting was a part of the Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint US-Russian Cooperation Committee.
A press release issued by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense stated that both countries are now cooperating in an exchange of experts for “joint rescue operations” purposes. The group of Russian soldiers reportedly includes trainers, rescuers, and military security teams.
An excerpt from the Russian ministry release reads:
“The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.
The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices. In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.”
The Russian ministry release goes on to state that both the governmental parties involved were satisfied with the level of cooperation between the two nation and expressed a combined desire to develop the emergency response necessary to efficiently respond to “all kinds of disasters.” Would civil unrest due to a continued disrespectful attitude towards the Constitution and the usurping of our guaranteed rights constitute the type of emergency or disaster which would garner a response by Russian troops?
When Russian soldiers first appeared within the United States last year, Captain William Geddes of the US Army Reserve deemed the situation illegal under the Posse Comitatus Act. Violation of the federal act was also called into question during the Waco compound stand-off two decades ago. Captain Geddes stated that it is against federal statute to use American troops for police patrols. He considers the potential use of foreign troops an even further perversion of the Posse Comitatus Act.
If Russian troops are ever deployed on American soil to aid in a natural or man-made disaster, it does seem like an outright violation of the intent of the Posse Comitatus Act. What would happen if a United States citizen was given an order to disperse or evacuate by a foreign soldier and refused to adhere to the instruction? I would quickly move as legally directed to do so by a police officer, firefighter, or American soldier, but would give no credence at all to a similar order from a foreign soldier.
A renewed look at the US Department of State Publication 7277 was prompted as rumors about Russian troops in America began circulating. The document was released in 1961, but went viral only recently.
An excerpt from the “Disarmament Series 5” report reads:
“A strenuous and uninterrupted effort must be made toward the goal of general and complete disarmament; at the same time, it is important that specific measures be put into effect as soon as possible. The control organization must have the manpower, facilities, and effectiveness to assure that limitations or reductions take place as agreed. It must also be able to certify to all states that retained forces and armaments do not exceed those permitted at any stage of the disarmament process.”
The decades old US Department of State publication goes on to state that international peace-keeping efforts will only be successful through a series of progressive strengthening of international institutions under the United Nations. The report also suggests that a United Nations Peace Force be used to enforce peace as the disarmament process progresses.
The Freedom From War portion of the governmental report reads:
“The over-all goal of the United States is a free, secure, and peaceful world of independent states adhering to common standards of justice and international conduct and subjecting the use of force to the rule of law; a world which has achieved general and complete disarmament under effective international control; and a world in which adjustment to change takes place in accordance with the principles of the United Nations. The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments, including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining internal order.”
The FEMA training of Russian troops also has some concerned about foreign soldiers being used as a security force at public events. The wording of the release by the Russian ministry appears to some to suggest that happenings designated as “National Special Security Events” by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could now utilize foreign soldiers as a party of the safety detail. Events which reportedly fall under such a heading could include the Super Bowl, presidential inaugurations, the G8 and other international summits.
The United States boasts the best trained fighting force in the entire world. We do not need and should not be forced to rely on foreign troops to aid FEMA during any type of emergency. If the need for more boots on the ground truly exists, then President Barack Obama should bring soldiers home from the multitude of bases we still operate (at quite an extensive expense) around the globe. Perhaps some of the countries which we have been taking care of since World War II could learn to stand on their own two feet, defensively speaking, if we brought our men and women home to better protect our own nation.