On June 18, 1878, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act. This law made it a felony to willfully use "any part of the Army...to execute the laws" except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or by an act of Congress.
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On June 18, 1878, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act. This law made it a felony to willfully use "any part of the Army...to execute the laws" except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or by an act of Congress. Learn more about the origins of the Posse Comitatus.
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Faced with chronic security problems along the US border with Mexico, the Pentagon is exploring options in which the military can be utilized to alleviate some of the burden on US border patrol agents who are stretched too thin. Giving the military greater authority to intervene in border control ...[read more]
US lawmakers Wednesday expressed some discomfort with a proposal by the Bush administration to increase the response role of the US Department of Defense in disasters during a hearing of a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee. House members questioned whether such a plan would leave the ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist William Banks of Syracuse University College of Law says that President Bush's proposal after Hurricane Katrina to change the federal Posse Comitatus law to allow a greater military role in the event of natural disasters may not be a good idea from a cultural or military ...[read more]
Although the New Orleans Police Department may be fully operational again as early as next month, acting Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Thursday that National Guard troops may be needed in the city through March. Riley wants the Guard to patrol three large areas of the city still ...[read more]
In a briefing Sunday to military task force officials participating in Hurricane Rita relief efforts, President Bush suggested that the Pentagon, rather than state and local agencies, should be in charge of the response to future substantial disasters. Bush called for greater federal authority... ...[read more]
AP is reporting that US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is relieving FEMA Director Michael Brown of his role in managing the federal government's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Brown will reportedly be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen. The slow federal ...[read more]
With Washington reeling from criticism about its response to Hurricane Katrina, lawmakers are again considering relaxation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which generally prohibits federal soldiers or National Guard troops under federal control from operating in a law enforcement capacity on ...[read more]
A new US Department of Defense plan for defending the US from terrorist attacks, quietly approved last month, has raised questions about the level of involvement by the US military on its own soil. The plan, titled Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, does not provide or ask for new ...[read more]