Thursday, September 25, 2008

Posse Comitatus

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has been training for a unique mission. It has been assigned to a mission with Northern Command, a force authorized in 2002 for homeland security efforts, including responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Which sounds all well and good. Except for that policing the citizenry thing:
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control.
Their training includes use of the first intentionally non-lethal defense package.
The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.
Officers are also learning to use Tazers.

Let's take a look back just a month to the complete and dangerous overreaction of the MSP police force during the RNC. We don't need more of the same.

Such an order would have been illegal under the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits federal military officers from exercising "law and order" powers (such as those of the state police) in non-federal areas. Unfortunately, President Bush isn't really into the Posse Comitatus Act.

Just. Stop. It.

(h/t: my roommate, Nick)

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