The Spirit of Posse Comitatus is Essentially Dead

The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction and was updated in 1981. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to limit the powers of Federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce the state laws.

The Act, as modified in 1981, refers to the Armed Forces of the United States. It does not apply to the National Guard under state authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within its home state or in an adjacent state if invited by that state’s governor. The United States Coast Guard, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, is also not covered by the Posse Comitatus Act, primarily because the Coast Guard has both a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission.” – Wikipedia

It should also be mentioned that the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) also has a clause in it that allows the Federal government to deploy soldiers under certain circumstance. But those provisions aside, it’s the training and equipping of the police to do battle that’s really killed the spirit of Posse Comitatus.

Yes, we should fix this – but until then we should simply take note and reflect on how this could affect us directly – then prepare.

In a nutshell, we essentially have law enforcement officers trained as soldiers on our streets. Normally they ride around incognito, in clean-cut uniforms and black & white cars – but if the shit hits the fan in any way, we can expect them to don their tactical duds and mount their MRAPs, ready for battle.

It’s not the cops fault, federal policies and programs have made this happen. Without federal funding and free & virtually free training & gear our local police wouldn’t be where they are today. So when the President stands up there at the podium and says all the right things, remember that it was the Federal Government that set the stage.

We could complain all day long about how we got here and who’s at fault. We could also start to try and change things. But the most practical thing might be to simply be to prepare for living in a police state – as a backup plan.

I’m an idealist, but also fairly practical, and not half bad at multitasking. Consider this a two-pronged approach. While you busy yourself working to change things, also build a plan in case the shit hits the fan. Think of it like buying cheap insurance.

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Are Our Police Being Pressured into BP Brown Shirts?

This is really disturbing if this extends to more than one incident. Could BP be pressuring local law enforcement officers to work for them on their behalf?

I have an incredible amount of respect for law enforcement officers and considering the strain they are under already, as budgets get slashed and people laid off, we can’t allow anyone to pressure them into doing their own bidding.

The Brown Shirts were a paramilitary group started by the Nazi party in Germany and used during the 1920s and 1930s to help pressure the public to support the fascist party agenda. If our law enforcement officers are being pressured by BP to act as their private security force while on duty this is far worse than what the fascists did in Europe in the last century.

The original brownshirts were hardcore fascist party members happy to support their evil agendas. I can’t imagine any American law enforcement officer willing to protect BP.

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