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The Posse Comitatus Act
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4/8/2016 6:13:46 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
"Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
In sum, the purpose of the act " in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 " is to limit the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel. Federal military personnel have a long history of domestic roles, including the occupation of secessionist Southern states during Reconstruction. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of federal military personnel to "execute the laws"; however, there is disagreement over whether this language may apply to troops used in an advisory, support, disaster response, or other homeland defense role, as opposed to domestic law enforcement.
The question is, do you think the Posse Comitatus Act should be revoked or amended? Curfews, the suspension of civil law, civil rights, habeas corpus and other things that protect our freedoms could be at threat with a military becoming the police force. On the other hand, there could be less crime and the law enforcement would be much, much more efficient. They can be used in advisory, support, disaster response, or other homeland defense roles as well. Would you feel safer with the military as a police force? Do you think it will be more effective? Do you think it'd be like martial law? Will War Plan White finally be enacted? Discuss.
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