Homeland Defense and 'Posse Comitatus': A Domestic Security Analysis
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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For the past 25 years, the Posse Comitatus Act has been gradually eroding, bringing us closer to overriding the law that precludes use of the military in domestic law enforcement. A recent surge in high-profile security events on U.S. soil, such as the attacks of 911, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the specter of a bird-flu pandemic, has hastened this legal erosion, encouraging some lawmakers to call for the revision or even elimination of Posse Comitatus. Unrestricted use of active duty forces in execution of the law threatens civil liberties, States autonomy, and the militarys readiness to defend the nation consequently, Posse Comitatus must be strengthened and the National Guard must be empowered to halt this trend and ensure U.S. domestic security.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Civil Defense