Sunday, August 05, 2018

S. Korean Military Intel Unit planned for martial law and the CO got sacked for it...

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in replaced the commander of a military intelligence unit on Friday that had prepared a blueprint for the imposition of martial law in the country last year, and ordered a restructuring of the group.

Moon replaced Lieutenant General Lee Suk-koo with Lt. Gen. Nam Young-sin to head the Defense Security Command, and ordered the creation of a new command to “break with its past,” said presidential spokesperson Yoon Young-chan, according to local news agency Yonhap.

The defense ministry said in a statement that Nam, 55, is “reform-minded and equipped with a strong will and capabilities to push for the DSC reform.”

Lee and other high-ranking DSC officers allegedly involved in irregularities, will return to their original units (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines) until the investigation concludes.

The order came a day after the defense ministry’s reform committee proposed measures to restructure the command including reducing the unit’s strength by 30 percent from the current 42,000 personnel.

The DSC has been in question since June when an official probe was launched into a contingency plan proposed by the command to quell protests against former president Park Geun-hye.
The document was prepared as a possible plan of action in case the Constitutional Court allowed Park to continue as president, an event which did not occur as the court approved her impeachment on March 10, 2017.

The proposal included first implementing a national emergency law if the protests continued despite a court decision in favor of Park, and imposition of martial law if they persisted.

The DSC had planned to mobilize 200 tanks, 550 armored vehicles, 4,800 armed personnel and 1,400 members of special forces in Seoul in order to enforce martial law.

The plan, which has led to outrage in sections of South Korean society due to its similarities to the procedures used by military juntas that ruled the country between 1961 and 1988, also included measures such as arrests of lawmakers and media censorship.

If you don't think the US military has a similar plan and even more you're smoking crack.  I don't know but I'd guess that their is a plan to take over each and every state in the union...individually and collectively if need be.

I'd bet there are plans to deal with radical groups too powerful for law enforcement to handle and even contingencies for dealing with widespread lawlessness after major disasters (although our military is EXTREMELY slow to assist on home soil but quite rapid in other lands).

Why the S. Koreans would go high and to right over this is puzzling but probably has more to do with their history of military rule than with the practicality of having such plans in place.

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