Posse Comitatus Reconsidered?

Not wanting to let Iraq have all the fun in a post Katrina world, US lawmakers are reconsidering the Posse Comitatus Act. For those of you who don’t read law books for fun, Posse Comitatus is a statute that was passed “back in the good ole days” to prevent the use of the military to enforce domestic law. Basically, the idea was that the army arrest you for speeding by descending upon you in a black hawk helicopter with mounted M-16’s ready to roll (though neither of these forms of transportation existed back in 1878).

I know what some of you are thinking. “But think how effective they’ll be able to take out those pesky gangs now that they have tanks!” If you missed the sarcasm, click the link.

But if this does pass, it certainly would give those backing the Iraq war a good reason for not wanting to bring our troops back home. I know I would certainly think twice about rolling through a stop sign if a sniper would shoot out my back tire, give me a ticket for a stop sign violation, and leave me with a souvenir flat tire.

5 Comments
  1. Mike N,

    You missed the sarcasm. And no, I don’t support the military as domestic law enforcement anymore than I support sending the fire department to Iran. They each have their own purpose. Using the military at home implies there is any enemy at home. If the citizens are the enemy, then we seem to have a problem.

  2. I guess I misunderstood this sentence:

    “But if this does pass, it certainly would give those backing the Iraq war a good reason for not wanting to bring our troops back home.”

  3. Right. If troops can be used to enforce laws against citizens, the only way you could be protected from them would be if they were outside of the country.

    too subtle?

  4. Too subtle? Not at all… I understood it… and I am LAZY! Now an image…. horses or gunships…. hmmmm ;-)

    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
    –James Madison

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