Monday, September 05, 2005

Posse Comitatus? or just an excuse for dithering.

"One of the charges (READ "lies") Republicans make to excuse Bush's criminal incompetence is that Louisiana governor Blanco had not filled out the right form, or said the right magic incantation or had not ceded jurisdiction to the feds and thus had prevented the sending of troops into New Orleans. Their claim is that the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prevented such a deployment without the ceding of jurisdiction by the State. (This is of course, incorrect. "Somehow, in the past 125 years, the meaning of the Posse Comitatus Act has been stood on its head. Clearly the exposition above demonstrates that the intent of the act was not to preclude the Army from enforcing the law but instead was designed to allow the Army to do this only when directed to do so by the President or Congress.") Moreover, that seems a difficult story to hold up in the face of the following:"

Read more at D-Kos

Somebody forgot the magic incantation? Is it "George, get off the bike and Govern!!"

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