Somehow I missed this last year, and have been wondering what the outcome was in an earlier bill that tried to undo the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Well, the executive branch evidently decided it didn't really need to wait for congress to remove such obstacles for it, it will just do so by unilateral "regulatory changes".
U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into EffectPentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil
Disturbances’by Jed Morey on May
Bruce Afran, a civil liberties attorney and constitutional law professor ...: “It’s no different than the emergency powers clause in the Weimar constitution [of the German Reich]. It’s a grant of emergency power to the military to rule over parts of the country at their own discretion.”
>......>The most substantial change is the notion of “civil disturbance” as one of the few “domestic emergencies” that would allow for the deployment of military assets on American soil.
>......>As far as what might qualify as a civil disturbance, Afran notes, “In the Sixties all of the Vietnam protests would meet this description. We saw Kent State. This would legalize Kent State.”
Two well researched article by Dr. Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian, UK.
Pentagon preparingfor mass civil breakdown
Social science is being militarised to develop 'operationaltools' to target peaceful activists and protest movements
Posted by Nafeez Ahmed, Thursday12 June 2014
Pentagon bracing forpublic dissent over climate and energy shocks
NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears thatenvironmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
Posted by Nafeez Ahmed, Friday14 June[masked] BST
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