The Governor of Alabama has deployed Alabama National Guard troops to Wisconsin to help “maintain the peace”.
Why do I care? Why should we care?
The Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) limits the powers of the government to use federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies. The PCA does not prevent the National Guard under state authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within its home state or in an adjacent state if invited by that state’s governor.
How “adjacent” is Wisconsin to Alabama?
According to the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, whenever the President considers that assemblages or rebellion make it impracticable to enforce the laws in any state, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any state without the consent of state governors. And whenever an insurrection occurs in any state against its government, the President may, upon the request of its legislature or of its governor call into Federal service such of the militia of the other states without the consent of state governors.
We might ask: is there insurrection or rebellion occurring in Wisconsin? Do we really believe it?
All this reminds me of the “help” offered by Soviet Russia to Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Are we on the way to fascism? Shouldn’t we care?
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