Death of Posse Comitatus Act? Can this be true?

Sent by a friend from Naomi Wolf and the American Freedom Campaign:

Dear Friend -

What would you do if you learned that President Bush was preparing – in violation of federal law – to use the U.S. military to maintain order within our borders? I hope you would at least take one minute to help raise awareness about the situation.

For more than 200 years, federal laws have protected the American people against the use of military forces on our own soil. Strengthened in 1878 by the Posse Comitatus Act, these laws have guaranteed that the federal government could not use the military for domestic law enforcement purposes.

Without such protection, the federal government could use the might of our army to violate state and individual rights. Moreover, minor incursions by the military into domestic law enforcement activity could lay the foundation for the imposition of martial law at a moment’s notice. This is one slippery slope we don’t want to start sliding down.

That is why we should all be deeply disturbed by the news that President Bush has assigned the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team to be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army component of Northern Command (NorthCom). According to an article in “Army Times”, the soldiers could be called upon for a variety of tasks, including quelling “civil unrest.” They are apparently engaged in training with shield and batons, beanbag bullets, and Tasers.

We need to raise awareness about this threat to our liberty immediately. That is why I just sent an email through the American Freedom Campaign Web site, urging the moderators of the next two presidential debates to ask the candidates whether they would fully enforce the Posse Comitatus Act.

I hope you will join me in this effort. You can do so by using the following link to take action.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26045

Thanks in advance for making your voice heard.

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One Response to Death of Posse Comitatus Act? Can this be true?

  1. Judith Ann Weston says:

    This is very disturbing as another possible Blackwater Subsidiary nea building in Homeland CA, fifteen miles Nort of Temecula. It’s called Procinctu (gird for battle – prepare for war). I have all the documents from public records. I’ve been working with Ray Lutz in San Diego, who helped oust Blackwater West from Potrero CA. If Posse Comitatus is finished, they could patrol our streets. With “help” from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, this project is now in a rural-residential area. It passed through the County unnoticed, the paperwork very shoddily done. They never considered that apublic “scrutineer” would descend upon the documents! Please pass this information along to those who could help the removal of this “nuclear waste dump.” The connection with Blackwater – three of the instructors are Blackwater. I’m willing to share the material I have, so please pass this information on!