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Posse comitatus, like Geneva conventions, is quaint

Or so it seems, as Bush prepares to send thousands of National Guard troops to patrol our border with Mexico.

4 comments on "Posse comitatus, like Geneva conventions, is quaint"

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought posse comitatus explicitly allowed for the military to assist law enforcement by “providing intelligence, providing support, logistics support and training and these sorts of things.” No?

  • Chris Walsh says:

    That is my understanding as well. I am extremely pessimistic lately about respect for such limitations being shown in various quarters. We will see, I suppose.

  • albatross says:

    I’m waiting for the sequence of posts explaining how it’s all being done to protect us against terrorists, and anyway, Bill Clinton did the same thing.

  • Fred says:

    Not just “quaint”. An Army Reserve major wrote that Posse Comitatus is a myth.

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