May 29, 2014
A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities
details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama
administration’s potential use of military force against Americans.
The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to
civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic
use of the Army Corps of Engineers.
The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority
for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in
operations against domestic unrest.
“This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision
to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a
defense official opposed to the directive.
Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was
issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided
emergency authority under this directive.”
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