Posse Comitatus Under Attack
Posse Comitatus is getting a look over as the President wants have the congessional authority to use the Active Duty Military to combat Avian Flu. According to the news story:
"It's one thing to shut down airplanes," Bush said. "It's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu."
He urged Congress to give him the ability to use the military, if needed.
"I think the president ought to have all ... assets on the table to be able to deal with something this significant," he said.
What this means is that the President wants the authority to use the military to prevent the spread of the Avian Flu in America.
The active duty military has no place in civil matters in America. What could happen if there is an outbreak? Will the military, under the control of the President, call for the containment of an entire city? This is a state issue, if the governor wants to call up the National Guard, that is their discretion, but when the federal government starts getting involved, it crosses a line that was painted over 140 years ago.
Active Duty Soldiers have a War on Terror to focus on and fight, this will only distract them and spread the forces far too thin. Desease control is for some other civilian government agency.
UPDATE: Dad29 makes a good point: Does Bush want to curtail Posse Comitatus and state's rights to gain political points?