Time for a New Posse

Hurricane Katrina revealed the need for a much better ability to respond to the possible catastrophes — natural or man—made — which may hit our major cities. On Thursday, September 15, in the wake of Katrina, President Bush said:   'It is now clear that a challenge of this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces — the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice.'  But you can't do that, opined columnists and pundits.  Any broader role for the armed forces would violate the Posse Comitatus Act. And then with the assuredness of a gambler with aces up a sleeve, they would cite that Act:  'Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or...(Read Full Article)

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