Police State vs. Posse Comitatus. (Insider Report).
Ruling elites generally amass despotic powers amid agonies of professed reluctance, and homeland security adviser Tom Ridge followed that tradition when addressing the posse comitatus issue in a July 21st television interview. According to Ridge "it goes against our instincts as a country to empower the military with the ability to arrest." Ah, but the Bush administration somehow overcame that instinctive aversion when it filed a legal brief claiming that the president and his military subordinates can designate any individual an "enemy combatant" and detain him indefinitely -- and that such a designation cannot be challenged in court (see the article on page 29).
Speaking to Fox News Sunday on July 21st, Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, expressed approval for the Bush administration's plan, saying that the law "has to be amended, but we're not talking about general police power." This is true: The architects of the emerging garrison state are content, at present, to lay critical foundation stones one at a time.
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|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 12, 2002|
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