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White House Calls for a Posse

Tampa Tom Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 1:49 PM
Hawk, I suspect "god" was speaking tongue-in-cheek, not literally.
According to Bonnie Barker, Posse Comitatus was a rider to an appropriations bill, Chapter 263, Section 15, and approved June 18, 1878, seeking to ensure certain order during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. The two-part goal was to make sure universal manhood suffrage was permitted, and no former Confederate officers voted.

In addition, it was to make sure the use of any part of the Army to execute laws in civilian settings was regulated, and at the same time flexible enough to protect against criminals and Indian attacks. Because much of this enforcement happened outside American territories, waiting for...
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