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  • The Not-So Secret World of State Militias

    This week’s Time Magazine featured a 12-page article on the The Secret World of Extreme Militias. Page after page describes the threat of renegade anti-government groups, who are described as militant groups armed with rifles and assault weapons and who threaten war against “‘the jackbooted thugs’ of Washington.” Yet, Time didn’t spare a single sentence to describe the nation’s true militia forces.

    There is a not-so secret world of militias out there called State Defense Forces (SDFs). These SDFs are authorized by state law and are under the command of state governors and senior military leaders. Made up entirely of volunteers, these militias are trained, organized, and prepared to back the National Guard in emergency response situations; they played a crucial role in hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 emergency response. Their ideology is neither one of revolt nor violence; rather, their goal is simply to help maintain and enhance the safety and security of the citizens within their states.

    Let’s drop the scare tactics, and instead focus on the big picture: State Defense Forces offer the states a vital, trained homeland security force that has proven itself time and again. Americans and Time magazine should take notice. Focusing on radical extremists may make a good headline but why not even mention the good guys?

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    4 Responses to The Not-So Secret World of State Militias

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      It begs the question why we have a high paid DHS federal employees at all when we have VOLUNTEERS willing to do the job at the local level. I am far more comfortable with the partnership of the SDF's and the national Guard at home than a group of feds in some off distant city.

    2. Gregg Weber, Seattle says:

      There is the Army which is not mentioned in the Constitution as being responsible "to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions".

      There is the Militia, both organized and unorganized, which have those jobs.

      There are four other groups.

      When state and/or federal governments become corupt and instead of being the ones that "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" they physically fight against it, then there is the defending militia. These people will be the ones who are put against a wall and treated as traitors by real traitors.

      There is the politicians private army, like the old brown shirts. It is not KNOWN if the Civilian National Security Force will turn into this force.

      Simple to large gangs.

      Finally the people as victims.

      I hope that it doesn't come to a variation of the Civil War. We shall see if it is peaceful or not in what happens in and as a result of the 2010 and 2012 elections.

    3. Billie says:

      is this the same as obama's "better than the American military neighborhood task forces?" Such a definite uncertainty when the president's radical image is in control…it is scary. Very scary.

    4. Billie says:

      oops. I meant "American military" and "neighborhood task forces" as individual and in comparison.

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