A historic first: Army Combat Team assigned to domestic “civil unrest”

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by Paul Schmelzer, 9/24/08 • Starting in October, the US Army will station active-duty troops inside the US for the first time, Democracy Now reports. Here’s what the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team may be up to:

The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.