Posse Comitatus Red Herring - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 16.08.05 | 21:24 (IDT)

    "The defining law on the subject in the U.S. is the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which forbids the use of the armed forces for the enforcement of laws unless expressly authorized by the Constitution or an act of Congress." - Moshe Arens Mr. Arens is ignoring the fact that the Posse Comitatus Act only applies to Federal forces. Each state has it's own National Guard (Militia in 1878) which can be called out for law enforcement or other needs by the governors of the individual states. There have been instances where the National Guard has been called out by Presidents for the purposes of law enforcement (perhaps most notably by President Dwight Eisenhower to enforce school Integration in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1950s). Units of the National Guard and Reserves were mobilized for law enforcement and security duty following 9/11. It was most amusing to see Tom Ridge quoted as saying "It goes against our instincts as a country to empower the military with the ability to arrest" as he himself has done so. A typical case of a politician popping forth with what ever lie seems to be desired by the public at the moment he speaks I guess. Armed forces are utilized in the US whenever the police forces are insufficient to perform required tasks. This is all that is being done with the IDF today. That and the simple fact that the IDF is tasked with maintaining order in the occupied territories. Let us not forget that the actions being undertaken to remove the settlers are occurring outside the borders of Israel.

    from the article: Misuse of the army
    First published 00:00 16.08.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.08.05
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