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  • Friday, February 24, 2006

    "A recipe for martial law"

    Northwest Meridian takes an interesting look at the increasing militarisation of America: The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act explicitly prohibited the use of the military in a domestic policing role. In disaster situations on American soil, the National Guard and Coast Guard are to be used, under the direction of the state governors and with logistical support from federal troops.

    Southern lawmakers helped push the Posse Comitatus Act after enduring years of U.S. Army occupation following the Civil War. They were motivated specifically against the military supervision of elections.

    During the war on drugs, this 1878 act was severely undermined; it was expressly violated during the Waco tragedy; and it has been all but eviscerated in the war on terror.

    But there is good reason to prohibit the use of U.S. military forces against American citizens. In “Domestic Militarization: A Disaster in the Making," Cato Institute senior editor Gene Healy explains, “Soldiers are trained to be warriors, not peace officers ... (P)utting full-time warriors into a civilian policing situation can result in serious collateral damage to American life and liberty."

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