At first glance, this article seems a little over the top until you read into it. As a soldier of some 24 years, it was hammered into us over the years that we would not perform any police duties on American soil because of Posse Comtatus Act of 1878. It will be interesting to see where this goes. Senator Mark Udall raised this spector in a speech where he stated:
“….“I would also point out that these provisions raise serious questions as to who we are as a society and what our Constitution seeks to protect,” Colorado Senator Mark Udall said in a speech last week. One section of these provisions, section 1031, would be interpreted as allowing the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil. Section 1031 essentially repeals the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by authorizing the U.S. military to perform law enforcement functions on American soil. That alone should alarm my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but there are other problems with these provisions that must be resolved.”…”
Two questions fall out of this: The first is how long will it take to move this authority into conventional law enforcement operations? the second is who gets to declare the emergencies that activate the emergencies?
The occupation of the sourth after the civil war is rich with abuses and ineptitudes of the military acting as a police force which lead to the Posse Comitatus Act in 1878.
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Debate of the bill on the senate floor: Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment
Surpised that none of the conventional news organizations have keyed on this provison of the bill.