The Left always accuses its enemies of its own sins. And its projection is particularly transparent when it keeps shouting about “fascism”.
Here’s a revealing little paragraph from the Pelosi Capitol Task Force Report.
Clarification of DoD Directive 3025.18 Concerning the Commander, D.C. National Guard Procedures that delay requests for and approval of USCP augmentation by law enforcement and military personnel should be modified to facilitate a rapid response in extremis. DoD Directives are one area where clarity could be improved.
We recommend DoD Directives be amended to make clear that, notwithstanding any restrictions on employment of the D.C. National Guard in non-emergency situations, the Commanding General of the DC National Guard shall retain “emergency authority” as defined in DoD Directive 3025.18 “in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” when necessary “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and proper order.”
Wanton destruction of property?
Pelosi’s task force also proposes a Quick Reaction Force, likely drawn from the D.C. National Guard, which would mean a permanent military occupation.
The first would be to establish a QRF from existing federal law enforcement entities with appropriate legal authorities and appropriations to staff, train and equip such a force. The second would be to build a QRF under the command of the D.C. National Guard. This could be done by mobilizing military police from Guard elements across the U.S. on rotations of three to six months. Another option would be to create a QRF that permanently resides within the D.C. Guard by reestablishing a military police battalion and staffing it with Active Guard Reserve troops who live in or near the city year-round, perpetually on active duty.
To clarify, this would allow the D.C. National Guard to essentially self-deploy while maintaining a permanent military presence ready to do so.
There are obvious problems here.
To combat the slow military response, the task force report makes an unprecedented request to give the commander for the D.C. Guard the authority to deploy troops without the president’s permission under extreme circumstances — something that could raise significant questions on the integrity of civilian control of the military.
You don’t say.
Not to mention make a further mockery of the Posse Comitatus Act with a permanent military occupation that can self-deploy.
Democrats really don’t know any history.