Skip to comments.U.S. Should Consider Giving Military Arrest Powers, Ridge Says
Posted on 07/21/2002 9:38:40 AM PDT by GeneDEdited on 07/19/2004 2:10:08 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Washington, July 21 (Bloomberg) -- The government should consider reversing a more than a century of tradition and law to give the military authority to make arrests and fire their weapons on U.S. soil in the event of a terrorist attack, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said.
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This is no longer a citizen army, it is a "professional" army. I want no part of them enforcing the law...Never...
If Joe Biden -- or any Democrat for that matter -- is in favor of this kind of assault on our civil liberties, then it should be setting off alarms all over Conservative-dom.
This is probably the most dangerous period in American history. It is the turning point at which the government finally had the courage to admit that it is planning war on its own citizens. If anyone if naive enough to believe that this is about terrorism, don't buy a watch in New York City.
Any attempt to revise Posse Comitatus should be met with howls of rage and a quiet determination to resist at all costs. It means that "working within the system" just got to be a much narrower option.
Note to Mr. Ridge: The terrorists are OUTSIDE this country, and the military is not supposed to be deployed domestically. We already have a POLICE force. How can you leave our borders wide open to every swarthy bomb-thrower, then demand the right to march soldiers up and down our town square to "protect" us? Why not stop the rats before they get off the ship? Because you, sir, are a liar and a tool of tyrants.
This is frightening on an Orwellian scale.
We are being sold down the river by republicans, with the aid of democrats that would never have dared pull this one off. The republican sheep better wake up and smell the gun powder. Ridge should be given the boot now.
The Gestapo moves closer to being every day and the citizens are asleep.
They already have the ability to detain until Law Enforcement arrives. And if the Law Enforcment officers think he/or she is a terrorist then he/or she could be transferred back to Military authority in order to go before a military tribunal.
Some of these Conservative politicians need to think before they speak......all that statement is going to do is piss off Liberals and Conservatives. Ridge screwed up saying something like that.....that in the end is a stupid solution to anything.
This would have been a good idea about 20 years ago .... now? Never happen.
America is dead .... the police state curtains are descending.
Its OK. You aren't using it anyway.
It won't. After all, it's just in the interest of keeping us safe. </sarcasm off>
I would add it is "dictatorial"...
The military should never be used for domestic law enforcement.
Just wait until the army consists of felons, illiterates, and foreigners.
They know that most of the American officers and senior enlisted men will support the US Constitution, so they will send them off to Timbuktu, while they bring in the Hessians.
Bush better refute this one real quick as it will be another nail in his re-election coffin. He better disown this bastard child real quick. Even better take Ridge to the woodshed or fire the man.
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