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Finally, getting some of this "crap" repealed.

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Archangelwolf, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Archangelwolf

    Archangelwolf New Member

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    "A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with a provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration’s behest that makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.

    The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president’s use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.

    There is a bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Christopher Bond, Republican of Missouri, and backed unanimously by the nation’s governors, that would repeal the stealthy revisions. Congress should pass it. If changes of this kind are proposed in the future, they must get a full and open debate."

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  2. yoder

    yoder Guest

    Stealth legislation.

    Amen to that. I would also like to see that sort of cowardly middle of the night crap outlawed. If they cannot stand up in front of the full assembly, on the record and propose legislation then it does not need to be passed.
     
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