A new civilian policing agency, created for sophisticated and wide-ranging challenges like crowd control, intelligence operations, and analyzing high-level political threats, is being proposed by the RAND corporation for security stabilization in war-battered regions, and other hostile environments overseas, but it is possible that this same agency could potentially be used for domestic purposes. RAND says the advantages of a Stability Police Force (SPF) outweighs the political and economic costs, which they estimate could cost upwards of $1 billion per year, consisting of 6,000 highly effective agents, who will be able to do specialized tasks that are critical for establishing security. The report entitled A Stability Police Force for the United States, says:
Our analysis clearly indicates that the United States needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission. Stability operations have become an inescapable reality of U.S. foreign policy. Establishing security with soldiers and police is critical because it is difficult to achieve other objectivessuch as rebuilding political and economic systemswithout it. The cost of not fixing this gap is significant. The United States will continue to experience major challenges in stability operations if it does not have this policing capacity. These challenges include creating the ability to establish basic law and order, as well as defeat or deter criminal organizations, terrorists, and insurgents.
Of course, this means that traditional laws like the Posse Comitatus Act will have to be thrown completely overboard because they constrain the government from using the military for law enforcement activities in the United States.
And there are serious concerns about installing such an elite police force, especially if its operations both within the United States and abroad are kept secret.
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