COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans.
The classified plans, developed here at Northern Command headquarters, outline a variety of possible roles for quick-reaction forces estimated at as many as 3,000 ground troops per attack, a number that could easily grow depending on the extent of the damage and the abilities of civilian response teams.
Actually, the Posse Comitatus Act never has posed much of an obstacle to the use of troops for police duty on home soil. Grant, McKinley, and Wilson all did it, for miner’s strikes and other civil unrest. The president simply declares the troublemakers “enemy combatants” and Posse Comitatus no longer applies.