|Dean Allen Campaign Hosts “Machine Gun Social”|
|Written by Jeff West|
|Wednesday, 30 September 2009 00:00|
Allen served three tours of combat duty, one in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, and two tours in Vietnam. He has been a volunteer with the State Guard for six years and belongs to numerous civic organizations. He was responsible for security in a 2008 terrorism exercise in the Upstate which involved coordinating 62 different local, State and Federal agencies. Since security is Allen’s specialty, if elected Adjutant General he wants to coordinate various agencies, including the State Guard, which he wants to better train and equip. Currently, the State Guard and Civil Air Patrol don’t train together. Allen said that “if they don’t train together, they can’t work together.” The State Guard doesn’t have proper radios and other equipment necessary to respond to emergencies. Allen said that Rep. Joe Wilson has a bill to transfer new and used surplus Federal military equipment to State Guards nationwide so that they are better equipped to handle emergencies.
Another aspect of the 287G program is that a 50-bed facility is required to house illegal aliens awaiting deportation, which is difficult since most jails are already at or near capacity. Allen says that there are 89 National Guard Armories across S.C. and these would be the perfect facilities to house illegal aliens while awaiting deportation. If necessary, Allen said that tent cities could be made such as in Arizona by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, except that these could be guarded by National Guardsmen.
Allen said that although he would have no control over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he would use his office as a bully pulpit to state that we should either win or get out. He said that our Rules of Engagement protect their civilians, not our soldiers. American troops can’t fire on their mosques, so Allen said that naturally the Muslims are using them to store weapons and manufacture bombs. He said the government won’t admit that we are fighting Islam. President Obama said that if an apprehended terrorist isn’t supplied a lawyer and read his Miranda rights within 72 hours he must be released. As a combat veteran, Allen said that if we don’t change the Rules of Engagement to protect our soldiers and win the War on Terror, we should bring them home and address our own problems of national security and emergency preparedness.
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