‘Batman’ shooting cited as reason to increase military role in domestic law enforcement
Paul Joseph Watson
Citing an alleged increase in the use of improvised explosive devices on U.S. soil, including last month’s Colorado massacre, the federal government and members of Congress are pushing for Posse Comitatus to be curtailed and for the U.S. military to work closer with law enforcement in fighting “homegrown terrorists”.
Warning about the “growing threat” of IEDs across the United States, the Pentagon is pushing for Congress to relax Posse Comitatus, which substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement unless under precise and extreme circumstances.
Section 1385 of the Posse Comitatus Act states, “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 imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Citing the need for the military to aid police in dealing with IEDs, the Pentagon is ‘complaining’ about “legal restrictions on the activities of U.S. armed forces” within the United States, labeling Posse Comitatus an ‘impediment’ that “some members of Congress are pressing to change,” reports the Houston Chronicle.
House Committee on Homeland Security leaders Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Daniel Lungren, R-Calif., and Michael McCaul, R-Austin are leading an effort to amend Posse Comitatus in order to allow Pentagon specialists to coordinate with local law enforcement bodies.
While police being trained by military experts on how to deal with IEDs is unlikely to cause much uproar, the effort to amend Posse Comitatus, widely recognized as a barrier to the imposition of martial law, is guaranteed to stoke controversy, especially given the fact that the federal government now identifies American citizens who uphold constitutional rights as domestic extremists.
“The domestic IED threat from both homegrown terrorists and global threat networks is real and presents a significant security challenge for the United States and our international partners,” Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero told Congress in classified testimony.
“Among the recent examples of IED use cited by authorities is that of the Colorado theater shooter, who allegedly rigged his apartment with the device,” reports UPI.
As we saw in a recent study funded by the Department of Homeland Security, these “homegrown terrorists” the military is being brought in to counter are primarily American citizens, not Islamic extremists. According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” are to be characterized as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Fears that martial law may be imposed to deal with widespread civil unrest in the United States have never been stronger.
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