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Pentagon Seeks Command For Emergencies in the U.S.


"Pentagon Seeks Command For Emergencies in the U.S.. Clinton Seems Likely to Approve New Plan." New York Times, 28 January 99, A19. The growing threat of major terrorist attacks on U.S. soil has prompted the Pentagon's decision to ask President Clinton for his go-ahead to appoint a military leader for the continental U.S.. The Pentagon currently has no crisis plan that would initiate the immediate organization and response of emergency personnel to stricken areas. Distrust of the military and fear that it will not serve to protect citizens' civil liberties are two reasons given for opposition to granting the military this power. Supporters of the plan argue that the military is the most qualified for the responsibility of organizing responses to terrorist strikes using germ warfare. A Pentagon official said that only military services are able to transport supplies and equipment quickly and on a large scale basis in the event of such mayhem. It may be several months before the Penagon presents Mr. Clinton with its recommendation.

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