You're never going to believe this.
Further revelations from Chalmers Johnson's book "The Sorrows of Empire".
It turns out that the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia, lorded over by Chief Timoney---whos troops gave me a big dose of CS gas, a rubber bullet in my leg, and a plastic pellet in the back of my head during the Miami protests---had a joint military-civillian taskforce on duty to prevent terrorist incidents. In other words, to police the protesters.
Not ground breaking news since the story was covered as it was happening.
The groundbreaking thing is that the force, "Task Force 250", is actually the 82nd Airborne division, which is the Army's paratrooper squad. Paratrooper being people who jump out of planes and act as commandos once they hit the ground.
So back in 2000 the military was ready to send in paratroopers to deal with protesters.