Accession Number:

ADA456546

Title:

Unleashing "High-Tech" Weaponry in the Drug War: Posse Comitatus, the Fourth Amendment, and Enhanced Sensing

Descriptive Note:

Research thesis

Corporate Author:

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

153.0

Abstract:

Congress created a sketchy exception to the Posse Comitatus Acts prohibition on military law enforcement for drug interdiction. The resulting legislative patchwork broadly authorizes the use of military equipment and personnel for law enforcement, but unnecessarily restricts the most beneficial uses of sophisticated remote sensing hardware by forbidding direct participation in a search. The author contends that the War on Drugs will not succeed unless Congress, the Department of Defense, and the courts replace the statute, its regulations, and the Fourth Amendment law it incorporates.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE