The U.S. Department of Defense Pentagon is responding to President Donald Trump's cry and is assembling soldiers active in the Washington DC environment, according to the Armed Forces Stars and Stripes newsletter. However, there is a reluctance to use federal soldiers to quell internal unrest in the federal government - according to the defense administration, the task lies primarily with the National Guard, which trains for this purpose in conjunction with the police and other civilian authorities.
In any case, however, the Pentagon will activate, among other things, the rapid response division of the traditional 82nd Airborne Landing Division, which is based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The last time the department was put on standby was in January, when the conflict with Iran was in danger of escalating. Sources in the Stars and Stripes magazine did not say how many paratroopers leave for the Washington area. However, this is probably not a large amount.
Pathfinder Division of the 82nd Landing Division just before leaving for Normandy in June 1944.
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82nd Airborne was instrumental in the pre-landing Normandy landing operation in northern France in June 1944, along with the 101st Landing Division.
About 200 military police are also leaving Fort Bragg for the metropolitan area. According to Stars and Stripes, active soldiers will not be stationed in the Washington metropolitan area unless the National Guard proves insufficient to suppress looting and rioting in the capital. Federal soldiers are stationed in the states of Virginia and Maryland in the vicinity of DC.
National Guard military police in a chain in front of the White House on June 1.
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In an outspoken speech on Monday, President Trump threatened to send the armed forces to “solve the problem” if state governors and city mayors refuse to “take the necessary steps to defend the lives and property of their residents”. Trump relies, if necessary, on the rebel legislation of 1807, which empowers the president to use armed force to quell civil unrest. In principle, the use of federal forces would require the permission of the state governors.
Several high-ranking military authorities have already raised concerns about the use of active soldiers for riot control missions at home.
"I believe Americans should not get used to or accept any uniformed soldiers in a position where they should protect the population within U.S. borders," Major General Thomas Carden, commander of the National Guard of Georgia, told reporters last Sunday, according to CNN.
President Ulysses Grant sent federal soldiers to South Carolina to defeat the Ku Klux Clan in 1871. However, the clan came to life in Georgia in 1915.
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Rebellion legislation has been used in the United States in the past. President Andrew Jackson, for example, overthrew the slave revolt in Virginia under it in 1831. The law has also suppressed, among other things, the strike movement of railroad and coal miners and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. President John F. Kennedy appealed to the law when he sent soldiers to oversee the abolition of racial segregation in Alabama in 1963.
The last time the insurgency law was used was by President George Bush Sr., who sent soldiers to quell the riots that erupted in Los Angeles in 1992 after the death of black Rodney King.