My Dear Americans,
If you are in Maine or have
friends, family members, co-workers or buddies in the Maine state, please tell
them to go out a.s.a.p. Somebody who does not see a
difference between American and Canadian and will never see one – this stupid New World Order wants you to see a difference. Marie
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CANADIAN ARMY MAY ASSIST LOCAL MAINE AUTHORITIES DURING CIVIL
Deschesne Meets with
General Libby to Discuss
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal, March 26, 2008 edition, p.
Last month, the United States Northern Command
(NORTHCOM) and Canada Command signed an agreement that would allow the military
of one country to assist civil authorities in the other’s during times of
The so-called “Civil Assistance Plan” (CAP) allows Canadian
soldiers to function with civil authorities in the United States and United
States soldiers in that capacity in Canada during a declared emergency.
The CAP was not authorized by Congressional legislation, or as
a treaty between two countries by the U.S. Senate.
It also seems that the respective State governors and their
adjutant generals weren’t apprised of the agreement either.
Recently, the Fort Fairfield Journal questioned the
Maine Emergency Management agency for their thoughts on the plan, a plan which
they weren’t even aware of.
“It came as a bit of a surprise to me,” said Maine Department
of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Commissioner and Adjutant General,
Major General Bill Libby in an exclusive interview with the Fort Fairfield
Journal. “I’m a little disappointed that I had to learn of the (Civil
Assistance) plan from the editor/publisher of the Fort Fairfield
According to a NORTHCOM press release, published
on their website, the CAP was signed by U.S. Air Force General, Gene
Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command and
NORTHCOM and Canadian Air Force Lt.-General Marc Dumais on February 14, 2008 in
a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Alternate news media covered the story on the internet as early
as February 21 and the Fort Fairfield Journal was made aware of it by its
nationwide network of independent, volunteer researchers on February 24.
This writer mailed letters to the Aroostook County Sheriff,
Aroostook Emergency Management Agency and Maine Secretary of State on February
29 for comment on this plan and followed up with Emails on March 3.
As the head of Maine’s Emergency Management system, General
Libby was then admittedly made aware of the CAP shortly after his Maine
Emergency Management State Director, Robert McAleer alerted him to it – at least
fourteen days after it had been signed.
“Neither the governor, nor I were included in the discussions
of the plan, or even aware of it” said Libby, who is the highest-ranking
military officer in Maine. “Not that I think NORTHCOM has to come to us for
approval, but it would have been nice to at least been included in the
discussion of the plan. It certainly wasn’t appreciated at the State level that
we were left out.” He also indicated that it was likely most of the other State
governors and their adjutant generals were out of the loop, as well.
While left out of the negotiations for the CAP, Libby claims
that the use of U.S. or Canadian troops for assistance to local authorities in
Maine would be up to the State, not the Federal government. “It is my
understanding that in the event of an emergency, the Governor, his emergency
management directors and I would determine if we needed assistance from the
federal government and would then apply for it,” said Libby. As for foreign
troops being used for domestic law enforcement, Libby says, “The Canadian
military will not be used for law enforcement purposes.”
law requires any federal officer who engages in State law enforcement to
have completed a minimum of required training through the Maine Criminal Justice
Academy, or an approved course. But, those statutes grant no authorization for
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Cornelio, Public Affairs Officer
for NORTHCOM/NORAD in Colorado Springs agreed with Libby in a telephone
interview with the Fort Fairfield Journal. “The CAP is merely an
agreement between the U.S. and Canada where Canadian troops will assist the
states when asked,” said LTC Cornelio. “They are not intended to be used for law
However, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
seems to contradict Libby’s and Cornelio’s position by placing the sole
determination and use of the U.S. military for law enforcement purposes within a
state with the President alone. Section 1068* of the NDAA (H.R. 5122) says, “The
president, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other
means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a
State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination or
The Canadian military’s agreement with NORTHCOM may allow them
into the State under the President’s authority in the NDAA to “suppress in a
State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination or conspiracy,
if it so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United
States within the State.” Clearly this portion of the NDAA is intended to
authorize the use of the U.S. military for law enforcement within a State, under
the President’s discretion, and allows the Canadian military to also be used
upon request from NORTHCOM under the CAP.
There is no mention in the NDAA of a State governor’s input in
the determination to use U.S. troops within his/her State. Instead, those
measures are left solely to the U.S. President alone. The language, “or any
other means,” in the law seems to imply the use of foreign troops in addition
to, or in lieu of, U.S. troops to enforce the laws of the State and the United
States in the event the state’s constituted authorities are either unable, or
refuse to provide said enforcement.
The text of the agreement with the Canadian military is not
being made public. “It is marked, ‘For Official Use Only,’” said General
“The CAP is an Operational Order and all Operational Orders
fall under the category ‘For Official Use Only,” said LTC Cornelio. “Certainly
if we were designing an Operational Order for use in Iraq we wouldn’t want that
made public. But, the CAP is different and we are working on authorizing it for
release to the public as soon as possible.”
LTC Cornelio promises a copy of the CAP will be made available
to the Fort Fairfield Journal as soon as it’s released.
The NDAA allows the President to use the military to enforce
the laws of the United States within a State when a State “opposes or obstructs
the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice
under those laws.”
The State of Maine is currently refusing to abide by and adopt
provisions of the REAL ID Act, which is a federal law. Under section 1068, of
the NDAA, Maine could be considered in a state of “insurrection” by refusing to
comply with REAL ID, thus activating the language and intent of the NDAA against
them. The deadline for compliance with REAL ID is May 11, 2008. The State of
Maine has indicated it has no intention of filing for an extension for
There is an old maxim that says militaries are formed and
trained primarily to kill people and break things. Militaries, by their nature
are not disaster relief organizations. “NORTHCOM is an operational command
center, it has no troops assigned to it,” said LTC Cornelio. “We are in command
of both aspects of the military – the war side and the disaster relief side. We
determine which to use based upon our assigned mission.”
Since the only time Maine would apply for assistance “out of
house” is when it is determined that it can’t handle the emergency “in house”
with its own authorities, General Libby was asked what would happen if a foreign
military were invited into the State and decided to take control of the police,
legislature or governor. By inviting in the Canadian military, we would
admittedly not have enough people in the State to handle that type of situation.
“The plan doesn’t address that question,” he said.
“Despite having a tiny army with a tiny budget, Canadians have
positively terrifying reputations as fighters,” writes independent military
correspondent, David Axe, in his online blog, www.warisboring.com/?cat=50 .
“Many observers compare the Canadian army to the U.S. Marine Corps, as both
leverage excellent training and strong fundamentals to compensate for mostly
basic equipment and a general dearth of cash.”
As to who will actually be in control of the Canadian troops in
Maine, Libby states, “There is an understanding that they would be reporting to
the States’ Adjutant Generals when assisting in pre-known events, such as
security at sporting events. But for other unpredicted events, there is an
ongoing discussion of who the troops will actually work for.”
In the event Canadian troops are used within Maine, the State
would be required to pay them, even though the chain of command is, according to
Libby, still in an “ongoing discussion.” If a Federal disaster is declared, then
the Feds pick up 75 percent of the cost, with the State responsible for 25
Whether or not the foreign military force will be armed while
operating in the United States is still unclear. “The CAP is silent on that
question,” said Libby.
Libby admits the foreign military would not be bound by oath of
allegiance to the United States, or its Constitution while assisting State
authorities in-country. “There is no expectation that would occur,” said Libby.
“Our troops go into other countries to provide assistance and don’t swear an
oath of loyalty to their government or constitutions.”
Currently, the State of Maine has provision in law to activate
State Guard in times of emergency and disaster.
The Maine State Guard is a separate entity from the National
Guard, is comprised of all able-bodied males and females between the ages of 18
– 45 within the State and is not to be used for Federal government service and
not to participate in Federal wars outside the boundaries of the State.
“The State Guard currently has nobody in it. It exists solely
on paper,” said Libby.
Libby indicates that the use of Canadian military troops
wouldn’t be so much a “manpower” issue as a “technical” issue. “We wouldn’t
necessarily be calling on the Canadians to help us due to a shortage of troops,”
he said. “But, rather for assistance in some technical aspect we are lacking,
such as water purification.”
The NDAA does not deal with innocuous events such as water
purification, but instead deals specifically with the use of the U.S., and now
through the CAP, Canadian militaries to enforce State and U.S. law within a
state under the President’s direction. A plan, that General Libby admits was
entered into with no input or foreknowledge of the respective States’
legislatures, Emergency Management Directors, Adjutant Generals or
To date, the Aroostook County Sheriff and Maine Secretary of
State have not responded to their letters of inquiry on the CAP to this
Click Here for
related story on the CAP
*Editor’s note: The Library of Congress’ website keeps changing
the hyperlink for section 1068 of the NDAA. To read the text, either search it
directly from the thomos.loc website, or click the above "related story" link
and scroll to the bottom of that page.