Opinions solicited

From today’s Washington Post comes this:

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.
The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.
There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military’s role in domestic law enforcement.

I’ll reserve my opinion after I’ve heard what all of you have to say. I will say this: Obama will keep this force in place; a lot of pundits on the conservative and leftist sides will be screaming about this.

4 thoughts on “Opinions solicited”

  1. There is a huge difference between having “20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe,” and having these same troops trained AND deployed within the U.S.
    I do not have a problem with training troops to deal with a domestic attack; if we were ever invaded by a foreign force, American troops would have to be deployed within our borders. But what does scare me about this is Obama having control of these forces as Commander in Chief after hearing his calls for a civilian security force.
    You want a president to have all options available to defend us, but do you want a president Obama to have all those options available?
    There’s the rub.

  2. Under the Posse Comitatus Act, the use of federal troops within our borders is limited. They are there to protect us from foreign attack.
    The act however, bans the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from participating in police power type of activities such as arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other police-type activity on U.S. soil.
    The Coast Guard and National Guard troops under the control of state governors are excluded from the act.
    I think it is wrong for this or the future administration to use the military in contravention of this act. Granted, they could easily repeal the law by an Act of Congress.
    Heaven help us if this law is eliminated.

  3. I agree that the military should only be used if there’s any kind of foreign attack. We don’t need any form of military policing the people. It would look like a military junta.

  4. I have serious issues with this. We’ve already bastardized the notion of the President being the Commander-in-Chief at all times (it was only supposed to be during time of war) but now we are also going to give his own army to do whatever he wants within our boders? Don’t presidents do enough damage with our soldiers outside of our borders?

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