National Guard's Role in the Global War on Terror: Is the National Guard Also a Law Enforcement Combat Multiplier?   [open pdf - 610KB]

"As the United States wages the Global War on Terror National Guard forces of the nation will play a ontical role in supporting law enforcement in its role of protecting the people from terror. New methods both military and civilian will be needed to take the fight to the enemy. Attacks on Americana (our way of life) will continue to evolve. Some observers argue our enemies are using our freedom and system of justice to include our sacred constitutionally protected freedom against us. While most Americans would agree fighting the war on foreign soil is the preferred method there continuously looms the reality of a repeated homeland attack. The National Guard is a logical force to enhance law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel. Civilian law enforcement agencies to include the Department of Justice (DOJ) the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) The Border Patrol and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been key players in the homeland fight. Adding the National Guard will greatly improve the traditional forces increasing their capabilities in times of increased threat. If new forces are to be added to the fight they must be trained in the Fourth Amendment added to the current force structure and deployed when the threat condition warrants. This paper will examine the ramifications of the Fourth Amendment to National Guard forces in their homeland security role."

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