‘Will you open fire on UK citizens’ Army personnel being asked

In a stunning conversation with a friend, who is a serving member of the Armed Forces, over the weekend, it was revealed that transfers to regiments and other units in the UK on home duties are being undertaken by the MOD based upon whether an individual was prepared to ‘open fire’ on UK citizens during civil disturbances.

I found this long and extracted conversation to be both bizarre and frightening. I will state at this point that he is someone that I have known for years, and trust implicitly. The fact that service personnel are actually being asked in special briefing sessions whether they would fire on their own nationals indicates that the rumours about the Army being put on standby are indeed very true.

As if to add weight to this, it was reported yesterday as a tag on a posting about UKIP by Richard North on EUReferendum that plans for Army involvement were well advanced:
Recently, from a confidential source, I received information that the MoD was buying up unusually large quantities of tear gas and other riot equipment. Clearly, it has no intention of being caught out, as it was at the beginning of the Troubles, having to ration tear gas and riot shields. Maybe they might even find a use for all those Snatch Land Rovers, when they are returned from Iraq.

The implications of putting the Army on the streets, though, are horrendous. Currently, the Army is riding on the crest of a wave of public approval but, as it did in Northern Ireland, sentiment can very quickly turn. The ramifications for the campaign in Afghanistan might be significant. An Army which is sent out against its own people is not likely to attract much support for its other activities.

But there is not much prospect of the Army disobeying orders. As we saw in the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic, it went to work with a will, engaging in illegal activities, intimidating ordinary people and conspiring with the civil authorities to enforce false arrest. It will do so again if ordered, with the back-up this time of the Civil Contingencies Act which makes legal much of what was illegal back in 2001.

It goes a long way to explain why our servicemen and women are not getting the equipment they need in the war zones, lack of transport, lack of helicopters, lack of personal protection equipment. We know for instance that there are several hundred Italian made soft personnel vehicles in storage in the UK for use here, bought by the MoD to replace the snatch Land Rovers, but never sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, and the fleet of 8 Chinooks that was due to be dispatched this month are now to be kept in the UK.

We believe that this Government is looking for that confrontation with the people in order to invoke the Civil Contingencies Act and make use of the plethora of authoritarian laws it has prepared over the 12 years in control.

It continues to introduce new rules, rulings and guidelines on a daily basis designed specifically to inflame the anger in the population, hoping that they will eventually snap and take to the streets.

Armed with this latest knowledge, I would advise extreme caution and suggest that we heed the words of warning from Leg-Iron.

If we don’t riot, Labour are likely to be obliterated in a general election.
If we do riot, there won’t be one.

This Government is looking for a fight. Don’t give it to them.

This trend needs to be discussed at the highest levels, the very idea that the Government is plotting against its own people is repugnant in the extreme, and I would like to call for confirmation that this disgusting process of briefings is indeed being undertaken.

UPDATE:
The Daily Express is reporting.

TOP secret contingency plans have been drawn up to counter the threat posed by a “summer of discontent” in Britain.

The “double-whammy” of the worst economic crisis in living memory and a motley crew of political extremists determined to stir up civil disorder has led to the ­extraordinary step of the Army being put on ­standby.

The Questions that really needs to be asked here is this.

Is the Army legally entitled to support a Government no longer wanted by the people?.
Would the Army comply with such orders on the British Mainland?

I want to know exactly what this Government has planned for Military deployments in the UK, and whether they would be deployed against their own citizens.

It is known that many of the senior personnel in the MoD have received Common Purpose training. The content and purpose of that secret training now needs explaining.

UPDATE 10/11/09:

A new Homeland Military Command would be created by a Tory government. What?

I nearly missed this, posted in The Times on 8th October. It goes on to say:

Baroness Neville-Jones, the former intelligence chief and now Shadow security minister, will today pledge a permanent armed group on standby to fight attacks more severe than the London bombings of July 7, 2005. The Rapid Reaction Spearhead Force of Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel would also be ready to combat increasingly frequent natural disasters, such as floods and hurricanes, that have been blamed on climate change.The warning is especially powerful as it comes from a former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.

The Conservatives would aim to establish a spearhead the size of two battalions — 2,000 to 3,000 personnel — that would be ready to spring into action. Rotating units of soldiers, sailors and airmen would be assigned to this duty.

All Armed Forces personnel would have to learn the skills required for homeland security duties. The spearhead force would take part in war game-style exercises with police, fire and ambulance to practise dealing with attacks.

Labour has boosted homeland security by creating regionally-based Civil Contingency Reaction Forces, each consisting of 500 volunteer Territorial Army and reserve troops. But the Tories fear that they would be too slow to mobilise in an emergency.

Oh my, are we at war so severe that we need troops on our streets at home? Or will it be a continuation as it is with all other anti-terror legislation, such as RIPA, SOCA and the Anti Terrorist Act that it is not so much aimed at terrorists, but as the scope creep kicks in it can and will be used on the general population. In the brave new world of the Communitarian EU, is this the formation of Britain’s Interior Ministry troops anyone?

 

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