The Posse Comitatus Act is:
…a federal law of the United States (18 U.S.C. Ã‚Â§ 1385) passed in 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, and was intended to prohibit Federal troops from supervising elections in former Confederate states. It generally prohibits Federal military personnel and units of the United States National Guard under Federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress.
It sounds like the PCA is coming under fire and that Bush and Co. are going to use the Katrina disaster to rid us of this pesky law:
President Bush’s push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil.
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said, “I believe the time has come that we reflect on the Posse Comitatus Act.” He advocated giving the president and the secretary of defense “correct standby authorities” to manage disasters.
Personally, I believe this SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. The PCA should remain as is.
If there are any Republicans out there who STILL believe that Bush is a conservative… you are lying to yourself.