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Ferguson Deployment: What is the experience of the Missouri National Guard....

Here is some information on what the Missouri National Guard has been called upon to do.

Both the 1138th and 1139th Military Police Companies were deployed in Iraq as recently as 2010:

1138th Military Police Company say farewell to Iraq and the 1139th MPs
By: Rachel Knight
Missouri National Guard Public Affairs

AL ASAD, Iraq - After a year deployment, the 1138th Military Police Company is heading home after receiving a warm farewell from the 1139th Military Police Company, who is scheduled to come home in August.

This past weekend, the 1138th met with members of the 1139th Military Police Company when they spent a few days at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq while transitioning home.

"We had two Missouri National Guard units on the same forward operating base at the same time," said Capt. Jakin Waldock, 1139th executive office.

The 1138th Military Police Company, based in West Plains with a detachment in Springfield, was deployed to Camp Cooper, Iraq, where they were tasked with performing various strategic missions in the area, including conducting detention center operations, maintaining evidence and providing security oversight for the internment facility and its detainees.

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The 1139th Military Police Company, based in Harrisonville, is deployed to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq with their main mission of conducting security missions and other military police operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 160 Citizen-Soldier unit consists mostly of members of the 1139th Military Police Company with additional Missouri National Guard members from various companies across the state.

http://www.moguard.com/06-11-10-1138th-military-police-company-say-farewell-to-iraq-and-the-1139th-mps.html



...and all of the Missouri National Guard Military Police Companies have been overseas...



The National Guard is the only branch of the military that supports both the president of the United States and the governor of the Guard's home state. This unique aspect is called our dual mission, and as a result, the Missouri National Guard answers to both President Barack Obama and Governor Jay Nixon.

Defense support to civilian authorities

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The Missouri National Guard is the only component of the armed forces that has two missions. Our federal mission is to provide federal support when called upon by the president - this could be for overseas contingency operations or federal emergencies like Hurricane Katrina. Our state mission is to support the governor of the Missouri in times of state crisis.

Our STATE MISSION is to provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law under the authority of the governor. Before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when most people thought of the Missouri National Guard, they typically pictured Guard members filling sandbags or helping transport effected citizens during the floods of 1993. Our role has expanded since 9/11, with Guard members continually serving around the world and around our country. As but as seen during recent emergencies like the June 2008 flood and the January 2009 ice storms, that stateside mission is still a major part of what we do. In the past five years, the Missouri National Guard has responded to a wide range of state and national emergencies including flooding on the Mississippi, tornadoes and hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

Our FEDERAL MISSION is to maintain properly trained and equipped units for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise directed by the president. Missouri National Guard members must always be ready for any mission from the president, including peacekeeping missions and overseas contingency operations.

Army National Guard Units Deployed Fiscal Year 2012
- Company A, Aviation Support Group Aurora
- 175th Military Police Battalion Columbia
- 1138th Engineer Company (SAPPER) Farmington
- 2175th Military Police Company Hannibal
- 1138th Transportation Company Jefferson Barracks
- Joint Force Headquarters - Missouri (Elements) Jefferson City
- Agribusiness Development Team V Jefferson City
- Agri-Business Development Team VI Jefferson City
- 229th Multifunctional Medical Battalion Jefferson City
- 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Jefferson City
- 1137th Military Police Company Kennett
- 35th Combat Aviation Brigade Sedalia
- 935th Aviation Support Group Springfield
- Detachment 3, 185th Theater Aviation Company (C-23) Springfield
- Detachment 3, Company F, 1-169th Aviation (MEDEVAC) Springfield
- 3175th Chemical Company St. Peters
- 548th Transportation Company Trenton
- Company C, Aviation Support Group Warrensburg
- 1/135th Aviation Battalion (Elements) Whiteman AFB

Air National Guard Units Deployed Fiscal Year 2012
- 131st Bomb Wing Whiteman AFB
- 139th Airlift Wing St. Joseph
- 121st Civil Air Control Squadron St. Louis
- 157th Air Operations Group St. Louis

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Military Police

Military Police are prepared to assist civil authorities during stateside emergencies like the June 2008 floods and conduct a wide range law and order-related overseas missions. The Missouri National Guard has two Military Police Battalions - the 205th and 175th - under the command and control of 70th Troop Command. Since Sept. 11, 2001, every Missouri Military Police Company has been mobilized overseas to Iraq, Afghanistan or Kosovo.

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http://www.moguard.com/our-force.html



So much for the hopes for de-escalation and demilitarization.

Sanctimony 101: Parodying a Well-Known, Likely Misquotation of Steinbeck

The Parody:

"Justice for torture victims never was considered as more than a mere manifestation of sanctimony in America because the oligarchy sees torture not as an execrable war crime but simply as an understandable reflex of temporarily frightened patriots."

--a parody of a well-known, likely misquotation of John Steinbeck


The Likely Misquotation:

To wit: "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." -- John Steinbeck


http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck


The Possible Source:

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction
By John Steinbeck

...

Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: "After the revolution even we will have more, won't we, dear?" Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picnickers on her property.

I guess the trouble was that we didn't have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew -- at least they claimed to be Communists -- couldn't have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.

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http://books.google.com/books?id=DyU2SzVGH6kC&lpg=PT34&vq=socialism&pg=PT35#v=onepage&q=%22Everyone%20was%20a%20temporarily%20embarrassed%20capitalist%22&f=false

The United States of America did NOT torture "...some folks."

"We" tortured individual persons. To wit: each measure of liquid in waterboarding did not nebulously affect some abstract and ill-defined group - each drop affected a single person's ability to breathe.

Measure by measure, second by second, breath by desperate breath, these people then became "our" torture VICTIMS. Regardless of whatever else those people may or may have not done, they are now and always will be the VICTIMS of our government's torture program. That is "our" relationship to them.

This is not sanctimony - it is consistency. Torture is fundamentally wrong and is a war crime. George Bush and his thugs are war criminals and should be prosecuted.

President Obama on Torture: "...Hopefully We Don't Do It Again In The Future."

In case anyone would like to see President Obama's recent remarks (August 1, 2014) on torture, here is the segment (about 4 minutes) of the White House video that deals with it:



This excerpt is from the longer video (about 48 minutes) of the press conference that is located here:



"...Hopefully we don't do it again in the future..." is apparently all there is to say.
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