Most of us are familiar with the term “Posse Comitatus” in reference to the 1878 law that was pretty much anally-raped out of existence with passage of more recent “anti-terrorism” laws. In 2006, GWB urged Congress (what a quaint concept, huh?) to consider revisions to federal statute to allow .mil forces to be used to restore public order and enforce laws. These changes ended up in the NDAA for 2007.
I mention this, not because it is particularly relevant to the article, but rather to quell the ever-present need to bring up shit that is completely irrelevant to the topic under discussion (invariably, had I not mentioned this, someone would have stopped reading after “Posse Comitatus,” went straight to comments, and blasted me for not knowing that it was largely irrelevant in contemporary American jurisprudence.)
What IS relevant to this discussion is the term “comitatus.” This is…
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