Tuesday, December 02, 2008

20,000 New Uniformed Troops

The Pentagon announced that it
expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe.
The stated reason is related to additional homeland security.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 states that it is unlawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress.

According to the dictionary, a posse comitatus is a body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs.

So does the Pentagon and Obama envision a posse of armed, uniformed men wandering the streets, looking for trouble -- terrorists, terrorists wannabes, and terrorists in embryo?

If the goal is to address homeland security, let's put them on the border to control illegal immigration, contraband and drug flow. Many of our social and economic problems will be addressed with the removal of the 10-25 million illegals here. We do not need to escort them out ... they got here, they'll find their way back home when they don't have jobs, access to schools, and free health care.

Add to this the law to eliminate the ability to 'drop' a kid here and have that kid become an immediate citizen. One of the kid's parents should be an American citizen to get this privilege.

We do not need an expanded, new or more grandiose federal police force. Hopefully our congressional leaders will nip this 20,000 newfangled troop expansion before it gets started.

Why not resume the notion of state, county, city, or neighborhood militias?

1 comment:

The Reasonable Christian said...

Lets therefore resume the notion of militias. We should have them....sadly with a 5-4 Supreme court judgment in favor of the 2nd amendment, gun rights are one liberal appointment away from registration then we all know what comes next. When the 2nd amendment states "a well regulated miltia, being necessary to the security of a free state...." who was the militia in their terms? Everyone was of course. Scary times with domestic deployment of troops and all the intelligence gathering capabilities thanks to our great Republican heroes via the Patriot Act.