The end of Posse Comitatus?

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (rightly) forbade the use of the military to police American citizens, yet the Pentagon is now requesting to do exactly that:

The Pentagon has approached Congress to grant the Secretary of Defense the authority to post almost 400,000 military personnel throughout the United States in times of emergency or a major disaster.

This request has already occasioned a dispute with the nation’s governors. And it raises the prospect of U.S. military personnel patrolling the streets of the United States, in conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

Martial law, here we come?  This legislation would significantly expand the power of the already power-gorged presidency and give what is supposed to be a civilian-controlled military a frightening control over the civilian population.  Thanks to for the link.

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