Article I, Section 8 states, "Congress shall have power The President is authorized by the Constitution and Title 10 10 USC to suppress insurrections, rebellions, and domestic violence. The Attorney General is then responsible to coordinate the federal response to domestic civil disturbances. This plan serves as the foundation for any CDO operation and standardizes most activities and command relationships.
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This article is from the archive of our partner. With British Prime Minister David Cameron authorizing the use of rubber bullets and water canons in wake of the turbulent London riots spreading through Britain , questions have been raised about how authorities in the U.
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The Army National Guard conducted, at the expense of regular training, sixteen hours of refresher civil disturbance training. Some states also carried out civil disturbance command post exercises in conjunction with local and state civil authorities.
The Army Reserve had three infantry brigades which were part of the federal military contingency force for the control of civil disturbances. These units also conducted sixteen hours of refresher civil disturbance training at the expense of primary training. This additional responsibility of the Reserve Components called for their immediate availability in times of natural disasters, civil disturbances, and other emergencies.
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Garden Plot / CONPLAN 2502 (Civil Disturbance Operations)
The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots