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I have a question for the military fools.



March 28, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: POT , AUY , GLD

I was listening to Lou Dobbs last night and he was doing a piece on the flood. In it he said that the National Guard had been called in. OK Then the next thing he said was that the Active Military was also called in. Can any of you explain to me why? As far as I knew it has always been the National Guard period. Why the Active Military? Are things changing and does this not go against the Constitution. Just wondering. Any help in understanding this would be helpful. Lynda.

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#1) On March 28, 2009 at 9:18 AM, RuggerFord (93.66) wrote:

Many times they are not "called" in but base/post commanders can ask for volunteers to go assist the local area as part of the community.

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#2) On March 28, 2009 at 2:20 PM, AnomaLee (29.00) wrote:

If you're talking about the flooding in North Dakota then the entire state has been declared a disaster zone by the President and The President can activate National Guard units from other states to deploy stateside and help with recovery. These elements are usually full of volunteers.

Because, we are engaged in combat in two theatres the President doesn't typically authorize/request Active military units for domestic issues except in the most extreme circumstances such as Katrina. I don't know for sure, but it's possible they're sending some active elements to help as well.

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