Accellerating Down that Slippery Slope …

4 10 2008

Our velocity down he slippery slope grows faster.

Low Earth Orbit objects - NASA

A Cage?

Earlier, there was the Matrix, and Total Information Awareness.

And particularly since September 11, we have been getting more and more data synthesis capability about You and Your movements and activities:

And now, a unit is being brought back from Iraq to be more or less permanently assigned to domestic duties.

The day before yesterday that unit began their tour, according to Army Times.

From the article about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, just returning home from Iraq:

“Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart and includes specialty tasks such as knowing how to use the “jaws of life” to extract a person from a mangled vehicle; extra medical training for a CBRNE incident; and working with U.S. Forestry Service experts on how to go in with chainsaws and cut and clear trees to clear a road or area.

“The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

“The package is for use only in war-zone operations, not for any domestic purpose.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

Sidewalk Graffitti in London

So, no worries, right? We’ve gotcha Covered. Land, Sky, and Social Patterns.

Anybody think we need some new plumbing?

For What It’s Worth,

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