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Wednesday, October 16, 2002  

Secret Military Spy Planes Enlisted in Hunt for Sniper

Err, Posse Comitatus? So, they going to be flying over the protests next, as well?

We're on a steep slippery slope, here, people.

The deployment of the Army's Airborne Reconnaissance Low planes is the latest and perhaps most dramatic tactic in the sniper investigation. Military and Justice Department officials wrestled for much of the day today with the question of how and whether the Pentagon could aid in the sniper investigation without violating an 1878 law, the Posse Comitatus Act, which restricts military personnel from taking part in domestic law enforcement operations. Lawyers ultimately decided that the military could offer equipment in the manhunt without violating the law.

How nice for the lawyers to decide that. It's just one little step, won't hurt anything at all. Next, we can have the soldiers patrolling, since they won't have any actual arrest powers.

Then, of course, the soldiers can "temporarily detain" suspects, just until......

posted by lazarus | 00:10 | |
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