Monday, May 15, 2006

Posse Comitatus on the Border

In a prime time speech tomorrow that will likely be watched by about as many people as are watching public access TV at the time, President Bush will be announcing the deployment of National Guard troops along the US/ Mexico border.

You know, since we have SO many National Guardsmen that aren't in Iraq or soon to be sent there.

So he's already called Vicente Fox to let him know that it's a temporary measure.

Let me guess--- Just long enough to shore up right wingers before the midterm elections.

Of course, the legality of such an operation is in question. If you're familiar with the term "Posse comitatus", please teach it to our president and remind him that it's illegal to deploy military troops on American soil.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

FYI: Not necessarily...

By its express terms, the Posse Comitatus Act is not a complete barrier to the use of the Armed Forces for a range of domestic purposes, including law enforcement functions, when the use of the Armed Forces is authorized by Act of Congress or the President determines that the use of the Armed Forces is required to fulfill the President's obligations under the Constitution to respond promptly in time of war, insurrection, or other serious emergency.
So I guess W and his merry men could make a "compelling argument" to get around this one as well. Imagine that!

Freedonian said...

Does W underfunding his own border patrol proposal by 98% qualify as an emergency?

He proposed hiring 10,000 new border patrol guards. He provided the funding to hire 210.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/02/09/MNGOKB837T1.DTL

So let's call this what it really is--- A half-assed attempt by George W. Bush to fix his political problem with increased militarization.

We should be surprised only by the fact that this is the first crisis that he hasn't found a way for Halliburton to cash in on.