Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Militarization of Our Police and the Posse Comitatus Act

Here's a video my friend Kaye sent me that shows the Militarization of Our Police. Where has Officer Friendly gone?? They mention Posse Comitatus Act as being there to protect us but they leave out that Bush has effectively setup a loophole to get by it.

Posse Comitatus Act from 1878 restricts our military from policing us. In 2007 Bush allowed this to be nullified encase of an emergency, such as a terrorist attack or crisis (read: the coming economic collapse)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act :

In early 2006, the 109th Congress passed a controversial bill that grants the President the right to commandeer federal or state National Guard Troops and use them inside the United States. This bill, entitled the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122.ENR), contains a provision (Section 1076) that allows the President to

“...employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to... restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States..., where the President determines that,...domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy...”

Senator Patrick Leahy and others have condemned Section 1076 because it effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335) and gives the President the legal ability to define under what conditions martial law may be declared.

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