Rather, I’m thinking about the third level of our defense, the unorganized militia, in relation to the threat of terrorist acts inside our nation.
Consider the following: Even with our heightened sense of insecurity following the WTC, the opportunities for terrorist attacks are manifold. Public schools, water supplies, gatherings of all types (sporting, civic, seasonal), oil pipelines and refineries, power plants, railroad hazardous loads, etc.
To some extent, our open and free society leaves us vulnerable to various forms of attack. Our multicultural society, with strong civil rights tradition, discourages the act of singling out any one group for automatic suspicion.
Is it possible that we could be headed towards the same type of situation that Israel, for example, finds itself in? It seems that there is an incident every day - a gunman, a suicide bomber, a car bomb. Other areas of the world see this type of constant threat, too - I have a friend who lives in Indonesia.
We will need to be more vigilant. We will need to increase security at any vulnerable points, and it will take some time to do this. But America is a BIG country, with millions of people. The police, the FBI, the National Guard, the Armed Forces - this protection is their natural responsibility. But there simply aren’t enough of them.
So, my question is this - if the threat of terrorist acts is deemed strong enough, or if several more significant ones happen, what is the possibility that Congress could call upon the citizen militia (as provided in the Constitution)? And if so, could/would it be effective?