December 31, 2008
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Before I post this article I’m going to paste in a couple of comments made at the bottom of the article. We have just lost our minds asking the military to play a domestic police role? Doesn’t anyone know history anymore? Dictators and tyrannts take over this way…I don’t care if this is the United States of America, it can happen here also. I remember what I heard Adrian Rogers say many times.“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” and this desire to put military on our streets for law enforcement has got to stop. It may sound like a good gesture,but it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. History shows this…..Here’s the two comments I spoke of:
John Galt: What is it about the Posse Comitatus Act these power freaks dont understand? Willful, flagrant violations of the Constitution and usurpations of power. Insurrection. A silent Coup. Treason. That carries a stiff penalty. “Congress shall have the Power to declare the punishment for Treason,”. But Congress itself is adhering to the Enemy and giving aid and comfort. The silence of Congress is tacit approval. Who now to enforce the laws of the Union and suppress the insurrection? There is only one enforcement arm, The Militia.
Usher in the New Year with solders in the streets of America. What a fine little fascist paradise we have become. Get use to seeing machingun toting skin head jackbooted Nazi’s on your corners. Your papers pleeze.
Happy New Year, One and ALL
December 31, 12:26 PM
nonyabiz: Great reporting. Thank you for bringing these important issues to light to the citizens of the US. It’s high time! If people only knew, and they should, what rights are being stripped away that are not being told in the press! We have a right to know and you as reporters have not only have the right but an obligation to deliver it.I hope more will follow in your footsteps.
Thank you again Jay for speaking truth to power in such a comendable way.
December 31, 12:18 PM
Report argues for domestic police role for military
The Posse Comitatus Act was passed in 1878, just after the end of the Reconstruction following the Civil War, and prohibited the federal government from using the military for domestic law enforcement purposes except in very rare cases. Per Wikipedia
, the Act was a political concession to Southern states, withdrawing the Union military forces that policed ex-Confederate states during the Reconstruction.
A couple months ago, the Department of Defense announced it was assigning a full-time Army unit to be on call to facilitate military cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security in the event of another terrorist attack.
A report in the Army Times last month first brought the domestic deployment to light. The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade Combat Team became the first unit assigned permanently to Northern Command.
According to the Army Times report, the Team would be on-call to respond in the event of a natural disaster or terror attack anywhere in the country, or they could be used to “help with civil unrest and crowd control.” (Link)
This clearly raises issues with respect to the Posse Comitatus Act, but even more troubling are recent reports a U.S. Army War College professor has written a report asserting military intervention would be required in a number of domestic scenarios.
The author warns potential causes for such civil unrest could include another terrorist attack, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters.” The situation could deteriorate to the point where military intervention was required, he argues.
The author of the report notes the proposals are his alone and don’t represent U.S. policy, but it’s also certain the report has been read throughout the Defense Department. But economic collapse? Loss of functioning political order? Purposeful domestic resistance? That’s one terrifying slippery slope. And not in keeping with American values.
Read the article at the Nashville Examiner.com