USA Today — It’s been an epic three weeks for the National Guard.
After the military stepped in to try and restore order in Ferguson, Missouri, it returned with a new plan.
It’s not clear when exactly it will be implemented, but it’s coming to an end.
The United States military announced it would end its use of a controversial controversial training and equipping program called “fema” to help restore order and security in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
That program, which began under President George W. Bush in 2003, was used to train and equip law enforcement, the military, and local governments in order to deal with drug trafficking and violent crime.
But it’s been controversial for the military to have used it as a recruiting tool.
The program, known as “federal law enforcement training,” is part of the “Operation Sovereign Borders” strategy that began under former President George H.W. Bush, and has been criticized by critics for having a chilling effect on free speech and the free flow of information.
Its use has come under fire from civil rights groups and other activists, and it’s not the first time the program has come up in controversy.FEMA says it’s ending the program because it no longer meets its mission.
But the move comes as protests have continued across the country and as the military is under increasing pressure to take more action against the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Fema is not needed,” FEMA Administrator Michael Brown told CNN in a conference call on Tuesday.
“It is an expensive program that has not demonstrated its effectiveness.
We cannot continue to fund it as we have done.”
Brown’s announcement came a day after a grand jury indicted six former officers involved in the training program for crimes that include murder and attempted murder.
The military’s plan to disband the program was also criticized by a number of civil rights organizations.
“The U.S. military needs to immediately end this program, stop using it as an recruiting tool and ensure that its use is strictly limited to law enforcement,” NAACP President Ben Jealous said in a statement on Tuesday night.
Fema Training, which the military began in 2003 with the goal of teaching law enforcement and local government how to combat violent crime, was created to provide training to police, sheriffs, prosecutors, judges, and other agencies on how to deal successfully with the drug trade.
In addition to helping law enforcement with drug investigations, Fema provides training to local police to prepare them for dealing with drug offenders.
The training, however, has come in for criticism from civil libertarians and activists.
It often used violent imagery, including the use of armored vehicles and tear gas to break up crowds and confront drug traffickers.
The training also taught law enforcement how to use drones to track suspects, and even taught how to make videos of themselves shooting their weapons.
Fema was eventually shut down by the Department of Homeland Security, but critics have long argued that the training provided by the military had a chilling influence on free expression.