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Understanding the Posse Comitatus Act and It's Racist Origins

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posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 01:56 PM
I decided to do a little digging on the Posse Comitatus Act and came upon this article/essay/report written by some people at US Army JAG (the Army Lawyer Corps for those of you who don't know).

Setting The Record Straight

Please keep in mind this is one of those dreaded PDF files that many people don't like. It's 98 pages, well organized and made so people understand what the purpose and force that drove this Act in the first place.

I will attempt to post some key excerpts for the people too lazy to actually read it.


[edit on 11-3-2009 by spec_ops_wannabe]

posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 01:59 PM

The effort to disguise the Act’s true origins in Reconstruction bitterness
and racial hatred was overwhelmingly successful. The language of
misdirection grew over the years by frequent repetition that eventually
transformed a hate law into the respected shorthand for the general principle
that Americans do not want a military national police force.
Additionally, just about everyone examining the law focused on the false historical arguments instead of carefully analyzing the law’s actual text and historical
Therefore, they missed, or ignored, the key fact that the original
Posse Comitatus Act was at least one-third pure fiscal law: Congress prohibited the expenditure of funds to use troops as “a posse comitatus or
otherwise to execute the laws.”14 This funding limit expired at the end of
the fiscal year along with a decisive, but temporary, exercise of congressional
power under the Constitution.15

Text from page 5 and 6.

posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 02:31 PM
After reading the argument(s) presented in this essay, it is easier to understand what the Posse Comitatus Act was meant for in the time it was used around the time of Reconstruction. The act was meant more for allowing racism to run rampant. Yes, the act in itself is/was a shield for racism in the Post-Civil War Southern States. It enabled the state and local governments to prevent blacks in general in the south from voting and having/using other rights.

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