Obama on Ministry of Interior Troops – Today’s Quote

Obama on Ministry of Interior Troops – Today’s Quote

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the U.S. military].

Then Candidate Barack Obama in 2008

USSAAndrew’s Notes: 

  1. I know…this organization sounds an awful lot like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but DHS already existed in 2008 so what type of organization was the future President referring to? 
  2. In communist and totalitarian regimes these forces are called ‘Ministry of Interior’ troops and are charged with internal security and suppression of dissent
  3. Forces that aren’t ‘military’ wouldn’t be limited by Posse Comitatus or the Constitution’s limitations on the use of Federal troops
  4. “just as powerful, just as strong…” Law Enforcement is charged with using the minimum force necessary… I don’t want a ‘civilian national security force’ using the old military doctrine of overwhelming force in a domestic setting (now the military uses appropriate force and other watered doctrines of force…can you imagine firebombing Tokyo or carpet bombing Dresden in the age if television, Twitter & Facebook?).
  5. “just as well funded…” how are we going to pay for that?
  6. What oath of office will Ministry of Interior Troops take…will it be to “support and defend the Constitution” like our military does?
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