NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded information from the government about reports that an active military unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with “civil unrest” and “crowd control” – matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities. This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU Freedom of Information request filed today.

According to a report in the Army Times, the Army recently deployed an active military unit inside the United States under Northern Command. This deployment marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command.

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