Monday, October 29, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 29
1814—The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City. Commissioned in June 1816, she carries President James Monroe on a day cruise in New York Harbor a year later.
1942—PBY-5 Catalinas from Patrol Squadron (VP) 11 sink Japanese submarine I 172.
1956—The 6th Fleet is ordered to evacuate U.S. nationals during the Suez Canal Crisis. Some of the ships involved are USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), USS Randolph (CVA 15), USS Antietam (CVA 36), and a series of support vessels. By Nov. 3, approximately 2,000 people are evacuated.
1980—USS Parsons (DDG 33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon.
1989—A developmental prototype of the advanced capability version of the EA‑6B Prowler makes its first flight.
2002—Commander Central Command Gen. Tommy R. Franks, USA, announces the impending deployment of 700 to 800 Marines to Djibouti as part of Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa.
2011—Virginia-class submarine USS California (SSN 781) is commissioned at Norfolk, VA.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national headlines include coverage of the Saturday shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, the anticipated first court appearance of suspected pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, and the crash of an Indonesian plane shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 aboard. U.S. Military forces are in Saipan and Tinian to assist the recovery following Super Typhoon Yutu reports Navy Times. Supplies brought to Guam by the Navy's Task Force 76 have been used for emergency relief, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 is coordinating closely with the Coast Guard to respond to assistance requests and Seabees from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 1 are stabilizing homes in Rota, Tinian and Saipan. Additionally, Defense One reports that Trident Juncture will test NATO's ability to come to the aid of a treaty member as tensions between Russia and the West continue to grow.
October 29

Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh's enemies spread rumors that he was opposed the accession of King James.

Mozart's opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.

The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, launched in New York City.

Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.

Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.

Black Tuesday--the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares were sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.

The first ball-point pen goes is sold by Gimbell's department store in New York for a price of $12.

Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.

French forces launch Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.

Thieves steal a jewel collection--including the world's largest sapphire, the 565-carat "Star of India," and the 100-carat DeLong ruby--from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves were caught and most of the jewels recovered.

The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous "with all deliberate speed" ruling.

First computer-to-computer link; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.

Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.

More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.

The last stretch of Britain's M25 motorway opens.

South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemns both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.

John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.

The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people died and approximately the same number were missing.

For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.

Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world's largest airline.

Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.
Monday Morning Humor thanks  to  Al
     Desperate for a Halloween costume to wear to a party, a 43-year-old woman had an inspired idea. She put on a slinky black dress, fishnet stockings and balanced a small tabletop on her head. On it was a lamp, a champagne glass and an ashtray with two cigarette butts.
     She went as a one-night stand…and won first prize.

     It was Halloween night when a driver called our road-service dispatch office complaining that he was locked out of his car. I forwarded the information to a locksmith, along with one more detail: The car was parked at a nudist colony.
     Of course, the locksmith arrived in record time. But when he called in later, he wasn't amused. "Figures," he said. "I finally get to go to a nudist colony, and they're having a costume party!"

     Last year my daughter and her children were invited to a Halloween party. Her older son wanted to go as Count Dracula; her daughter, as a ballerina; her younger son, as the cabin boy in Treasure Island.
     Then my daughter donned her own costume, wrapping herself in strips of white sheeting. At the party she collapsed, exhausted, on the sofa.
     "And who are you?" someone asked her.
     "I'm a tired mummy," my daughter said.

     For Halloween, the young boy wanted to be "The Incredible Hulk." Using food coloring and a washcloth, his mother dyed his hands, face, neck and blond hair the green shade of the TV monster.
     After his bath the next morning, a faint green tint still remained. As the boy was going out the door to school, he handed his mother a slip of paper he had forgotten to give her earlier.
     My daughter quickly opened the note:  School pictures were going to be taken that day.

     Everyone at the company dressed up for Halloween. One fellow's costume stumped us. He simply wore slacks and a white T-shirt with a large 98.6 printed across the front in glitter.
     When someone finally asked what he was supposed to be, he replied, "I'm a temp."

     The last thing my friend Christy was prepared for was an invitation to a costume party. Eight and a half months pregnant, she was in no shape for any conventional costume. Still, she wanted to go, so she painted a big yellow circle on an extra-extra-large white T-shirt, dug a pair of red devil horns out of her kids' Halloween junk pile…and went as a deviled egg.

     Chris Cross, a tourist in Vienna, is going passed Vienna's Zentralfriedhof graveyard on October 31st.  All of a sudden he hears some music.  No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.  Chris finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward! Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades Tim Burr, a friend, to return with him.
     By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backward. Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backward. The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.  By the next day the word has spread and a throng has gathered around the grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backward.
     Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group. Someone in the crowd asks him if he has an explanation for the music.
     "Oh, it's nothing to worry about" says the caretaker. "He's just decomposing!"

The rules for a safe and Happy Halloween!
1.  When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.
2.   Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.
3.   Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
4.   If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.
5.   When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go it alone.
6.   As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.
7.   Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.
8.   If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!
9.   If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just get out!
10.   Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
11.   If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it. Don't stop and look around.
12.   Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you're doing.
13.   If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you.
14.   If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.
15.   Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.
16.   If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had 3/4 of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.
17.   Beware of strangers bearing strange tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.
18.   If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.
19.  If you find that:
a. your house is built upon or near a cemetery,
b. was once a church that was used for black masses,
c. had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or
d. had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house,
20.  Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you are doing.

Have a fun and safe Halloween,
Thanks to Clint….Very interesting thoughts
Subject: 71 miles per day and where do they do No. 2?

 71 miles per day and where do they do No. 2?
bob lonsberry dot com
Where do they crap?
The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to America, where do they go to the bathroom?
And eat and sleep and store their clothes?
And how is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their hair and clothes are well kept?
How is any of this possible?
And why do these people, supposedly fleeing intolerable conditions in their homeland, carry little flags from their homeland and break into its national anthem when the TV cameras show up?
And speaking of which, for oppressed people, they all seem to be pretty well fed, well groomed and well dressed. Their hair is neat and newly cut, their clothes are clean and in good repair, and they are built like people who have had ample nutrition all their lives, being well developed and, many of them, overweight.
And none of them look dirty or unkempt, like they had been sleeping on the ground for the last week.
There's just nothing in any of this that makes sense.
Supposedly, these several thousand people spontaneously decided to leave Honduras, walking north in a group, hoping to trek the length of gang-plagued Mexico and present themselves as refugees and prospective Democrats at the American border.
Which, again, makes no sense whatsoever.
And leaves a lot of big questions unanswered, and ignored by the press. Such as, who organized this? Who is paying for it? How have they covered 500 miles in a week?
Seriously. Any number of American "reporters" have walked beside a sympathetic walker and talked about how this particular woman and her children had trekked half a thousand miles over the last week or so.
That's 71 miles a day.
The best soldiers through history have been able to march 25 miles a day.
How have 7,000 people been fed and watered? And how have they gone to the bathroom? If the average person across the world produces about a pound of solid waste a day, that means that these folks are somehow disposing of more than three tons of feces each day.
That's a heck of a lot of crap, even for a Central American roadway.
Provisioning such an army of people – the equivalent of 10 combat battalions in most of the world's militaries – is a large task. Transporting and distributing the food and water necessary to keep those people moving is a massive chore which the press says nothing about.
The entire enterprise, as a spontaneous ad hoc event, is implausible.
As an orchestrated international attempt to influence an American election, it starts to make sense.
And ought to alarm us.
Unless it's only Russians we don't want screwing with our democracy.
Unfortunately, none of this has made the evening news. It's almost as if the press, in whatever scheme is afoot, gladly accepts its role as propagandists to the American people.
Every story is sympathetic, as if an attempt to enlist viewers and readers in this caravan and the politics it symbolizes.
And so the story is not about an orchestrated attempt to manipulate electoral opinion and violate the borders and laws of the United States, it is about compassion and Trump and xenophobia and racism. It is the October surprise, it is the Blue Wave.
And it is all nonsense.
Because all of these people, if legitimate, have the ability to apply for American asylum in their own country – as do the residents of most nations of the world. We have consulates and embassies for a reason, and this is one of those reasons.
We also have laws and an oath of office for a reason.
Laws, so that "we the people" through our elected representatives clearly and systematically govern our society. Law is the means by which the people express and exercise their sovereignty. Disobedience to law is disobedience to the will of the people, it is the subverting of their sovereignty and franchise.
Breaking the law is denying you the vote. Your vote elects representatives – lets you pick the country's direction – and the representatives write the law. If that law is ignored, your representation becomes meaningless.
You get screwed.
And the oath of office?
Members of Congress – even Democrats – swear an oath to "bear true faith and allegiance" to the Constitution, which establishes our system of laws and specifically charges the Congress with making the rules of naturalization and immigration.
Who comes across the border and under what conditions they can stay is a constitutional responsibility of the Congress. That is to be determined by a congressional vote, not by a Honduran mob.
Failure to insist on that – even for Democrats – is a violation of your congressman's oath of office.
So there is not a Democrat or Republican response to this travelling army of invaders – there is only an American response.
And that is: Turn around and go home.
Because the law of the United States does not allow a mass entry like this. The law does not declare the borders open.
If Democrats and progressives don't like that, they can try to change the law. If America's progressives want open borders and believe all the world's people have a right to live in the United States – as they say they do – then they should adjust immigration law accordingly.
But until then, if they are to keep their oaths of office, they must stand for the law and the border.
And they must tell their surrogates to turn around and go home.
Because this caravan is nothing more than a bunch of political crap.
October 29, 2018Bear Taylor
RIPPLE SALVO… #968… SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CLARK CLIFFORD SPARED NO CRITICISM OF VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON's "…interference in the security affairs of the nation by a private individual" in his auto biography COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT: "At about this time (late October 1968), a new and potentially explosive factor entered the picture: our discovery, through intelligence channels, of a plot–there is no other word for it–to help Nixon win the election by a flagrant interference in the negotiations (with North Vietnam)."..
GOOD MORNING… Day NINE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT of a review of Operation Rolling Thunder as a part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War…
THE WAR  from the New York Times for 28 and 29 October 1968…
Monday, 28 Oct: THE WAR: Page 15: "ENEMY INFANTRYMEN ATTACK 2 OUTPOSTS IN SCATTERED ARES"…. "Enemy infantrymen went on the offensive again early today, attacking a small South Vietnamese outpost in the Mekong Delta and another in the Central Highlands. The first assault took place a Cason, about 70 miles southwest of Saigon. The other attack took place in Darlac, about 180 miles northeast of Saigon. Casualties were termed very light and there wa no report of enemy casualties. In actions initiated by allied unit, more than a hundred enemy soldiers were killed during the last 24 hours."… "In the air war, a light observation plane was knocked down Friday afternoon by enemy ground fire near Dakto…it was the 317th fixed wing aircraft lost in South Vietnam in combat since the war began in 1961. The crew was rescued."… Page 12: "U.S. DENIES FOE'S GUNS STRUCK THE U.S.S. NEW JERSEY"… Page 15: "MARINE PILOT MAJOR DAVID L. ALTHOFF NAMED MARINE CORPS AVIATOR OF THE YEAR"… "A helicopter pilot who earned three Silver Stars, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 50 Air Medals in Vietnam is the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. Major David L. Althoff…was presented the Alfred A. Cunningham award at a Miami Beach event this weekend."… Tuesday, 29 Oct: THE WAR: Page 6: "B-52's ATTACK ENEMY POSITIONS NORTH OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE"… "B-52 bombers flew five strikes yesterday against targets in the demilitarized zone and just inside North Vietnam. there was no bomb damage report. The targets were artillery positions, bunkers, storage areas and truck parks, all within a 12-mile radius of Conthien, an American base about two miles south of the DMZ… There were no major engagements reported in the ground war over the last 24 hours."…
PEACE TALKS: 29 October 1968: As Warner Wolfe, legendary Washington sportscaster would say: "Let's go to the tapes." The State Department, Office of the Historian, Historical Documents were transcribed from the endless tapes recorded in LBJ's White House. 29 October was a rare day, with meetings almost around the clock, that produced eleven documents detailing the last hours of five and a half months of diplomatic effort to get "serious talks" started to de-escalate the Vietnam war. Humble Host hopes you have time to peruse these documents, including the issues raised by Vice President Nixon's plot to have the negotiations postponed until he was in office in January 1969. The eleven documents are in series with easy access from one to the next. They are included here as part of the Rolling Thunder story… Read Document 140, the notes of a meeting held at 2:30 A.M. on the morning of the 29th. Honored attendee was General Abrams who was flown all the way back from Saigon to answer LBJ's questions and provide assurance that stopping the bombing would not lead to an increase in the loss of lives among the troops. As soon as the meeting was over General Abrams was secreted out in the night to try to keep his visit our =t of the press. Dan Rather scooped the story. The Nixon interference is further described in RS below… After 140, continue to 150 using the carrot in the right margin of 140 to access 141, etc… 
Item Number:1 Date: 10/29/2018 AFGHANISTAN - DEFENSE OFFICIAL ESTIMATES NUMBER OF MILITANTS AT 50,000 (OCT 29/ANI)  ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL -- Afghan officials estimate the number of militants and terrorists operating in the country at 50,200, reports Asian News International (India).   These fighters come from about 21 different groups, with the Taliban representing the largest share, Deputy Defense Minister Hilaluddin Helal said on Oct. 26 at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum.   There are about 8,000 international terrorists and an estimated 38,000 Taliban militants, he said, as cited by the Nation (Pakistan).   There are about 2,000 fighters from the Islamic State in Afghanistan, the minister said.   Among ISIS fighters, about 70 percent are Pakistanis and 14 percent Afghans.   The remaining fighters are Uzbek (6 percent); Chechen (4 percent); Arab (3 percent); and Chinese (1 percent
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/29/2018 BOTSWANA - ANTHER SOLDIER DIES IN ELEPHANT ATTACK (OCT 29/MMEGI)  MMEGI ONLINE -- A Botswanan soldier has been killed in an elephant attack, reports Mmegi Online (Botswana).   On Oct. 25, a soldier was attacked and killed by a herd of elephants at an operational base early in the morning, said a military spokesman. The location of the incident was not disclosed.   An investigation has been launched into the circumstances leading to the attack.   This was the second such attack this year.   In June, a soldier deployed with an anti-poaching team in Kwando in northern Botswana was trampled to death by an elephant.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/29/2018 CHINA - XI CALLS ON SOUTHERN THEATER COMMAND TO BE PREPARED FOR CONFLICT (OCT 29/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the military region overseeing the South China Sea and Taiwan to prepare for potential conflict, reports the South China Morning Post.   Xi made his remarks on Oct. 25 as he inspected a Southern Theater Command facility in Guangdong (Canton) province.   "We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen's capabilities and preparation for war," said Xi, as reported by state broadcaster CCTV.   Xi's comments were likely aimed at flagging morale among some officials and troops amid an economic slowdown, growing trade war and increasing tensions in the South China Sea, said analysts.   The statement was also likely designed to reiterate China's territorial claims in the region.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/29/2018 LIBYA - 4 DEAD, 8 CAPTURED IN ISIS ATTACK (OCT 29/LIBEX)  LIBYAN EXPRESS -- At least four people have been killed in an attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) in the central Libyan town of al-Fuqaha, reports the Libyan Express.   On Monday, ISIS gunmen attacked the police station in the small oasis town, killing four and taking at least eight people hostage, said local officials. Seven people were injured.   Among the fatalities was the son of chairman of the local council in the Jufra district, he said.   The attack was likely retaliation after some youths from al-Fuqaha helped arrest a local ISIS leader earliest in the month, said a lawmaker from the eastern government based in Tobruk, as reported by Reuters.   The town is about 230 miles (370 km) south of the former ISIS stronghold of Sirte.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/29/2018 MALI - 2 PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN ATTACK ON BASE IN NORTH (OCT 29/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- Two U.N. peacekeepers have been killed and 11 injured in attack on their base in northern Mali, reports the U.N. News Service.   On Saturday, unidentified gunmen attacked the U.N. base in Ber, near Timbuktu, said the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).   Two Burkinabe peacekeepers were killed in the complex attack involving several trucks armed with machine guns and rocket launchers, said MINUSMA.   Hours later, four Togolese peacekeepers were injured in a roadside bombing in Konna in the central Mopti province, the mission said.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/29/2018 SYRIA - DOZENS OF U.S.-BACKED FIGHTERS KILLED IN SURPRISE ISIS OFFENSIVE (OCT 29/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- At least 68 fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed in an attack by the Islamic State in Syria's southeastern Deir Ezzor province, reports Agence France-Presse.   Another 100 SDF fighters were injured in the offensive, which began on Oct. 26 in Hajin, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the news agency on Sunday.   The two-day offensive forced SDF fighters to pull back from the area, said SDF sources.   ISIS regained much of the territory it had recently lost in the attack, the sources said.   The militant group took advantage of a sandstorm to launch its offensive, said a spokesman for the U.S. coalition fighting ISIS.   In a statement on the Telegram app, the terrorist group said it had attacked the village of Sousa on Friday and set off a car bomb near the village of al-Baghaza.   Last month, the SDF launched an offensive against ISIS in the Hajin pocket on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.   About 2,000 ISIS fighters remain in the area, according to coalition estimates
Item Number:13 Date: 10/29/2018 SYRIA - TURKISH ARTILLERY HITS KURDISH POSITIONS IN NORTH (OCT 29/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Turkish artillery has struck positions held by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, reports Bloomberg News.   On Sunday, Turkish howitzers attacked People's Protection Group (YPG) positions on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The limited attack targeted the Zor Magar area west of the Ayn al-Arab region and was intended to prevent "terrorist activities," such as building trenches and barricades, reported the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   Turkish officials previously warned U.S.-backed Kurdish groups against crossing the river's western bank.   The move represents a potentially dangerous escalation between Turkey and the forces that U.S. officials see as the best hope for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS), said analysts.   On Oct. 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. of slow walking an agreement to remove Kurdish fighters from the Syrian city of Manbij and establish joint U.S.-Turkish patrols in the area.   Erdogan had threatened to launch a new offensive in Syria east of the Euphrates. On Friday, he said he was giving the YPG a "final warning," reported Agence France-Presse.   Turkish officials consider the YPG to be an arm of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a terror group banned by the U.S. and Turkey.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/29/2018 USA - 800 ACTIVE-DUTY TROOPS HEADED TO BORDER WITH MEXICO (OCT 29/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. government is preparing to deploy additional troops to the border with Mexico to assist the Border Patrol, reports the Military Times.   Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders to send 800 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official told the newspaper   The order comes as a caravan of nearly 7,000 Central American migrants continue to move north towards the U.S.   The additional forces will join some 2,100 National Guardsmen who have already been stationed at the border.   Troops will provide administrative assistance, but it is unclear whether they will be armed or not, the official said. Duties will likely include helping with fencing and other technical issues at possible border crossing points and providing tents and medical care for law enforcement.   The Pentagon is working with the Dept. of Homeland Security to identify how the military will support Customs and Border Protection, a spokesman for the Office of the Secretary of Defense said in an email.   In April, Mattis authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 troops to the border, pending the approval of state governors. The memo prohibits guardsmen from interacting with migrants or taking on a law enforcement role.   The deployment of troops to the border has been criticized by some. In May, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told the Los Angeles Times that Border Patrol agents "have seen no benefit" and that the deployment was "a colossal waste of resources." The Dept. of Homeland Security disputed the comments, saying Guardsmen had helped increase apprehensions and drug seizures

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