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Monday, September 26, 2005 

Posse Comitatus

Pres. Bush wants to make it easier for the military to operate on U.S. soil.

Without knowing the details, my first reaction to this is entirely negative. We've already allowed far too many civil liberties to be taken away; removing a barrier like the Posse Comitatus Act can only hurt more. This is just another of Bush's desperate attempts to drum up some support among an angry electorate, but it won't work. Here's why.
Gene Healy, a senior editor at the conservative Cato Institute, said Bush risks undermining "a fundamental principle of American law" by tinkering with the Posse Comitatus Act.
And later,
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, told The Associated Press he would not favor expanding the federal government's disaster response role.
Bush's ideas won't even fly among his most ardent supporters. This is a Presidency going down in flames.

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