[Homestead] A bigger worry than privacy
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 2 17:22:36 EST 2008
I mentioned that I emailed my Congressmen about the Posse Comitatus
thing...I got a reply from Senator Casey!
---- From Senator Casey:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the Consequence
Management Response Force unit. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians
about the issues that matter most to them.
Starting October 1, 2008, the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) will come under
the control of U.S. Army North at Northern Command. This unit, also to be
known as the Consequence Management Response Force, will start training for
disaster response missions in addition to regular combat training. The unit
will operate out of their home post at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
As your United States Senator, I believe that all levels of government -
local, state and federal - must be ready to respond to any catastrophic
man-made or natural disaster. For this reason, I cosponsored legislation
that would ensure that the National Guard under the authority of Governors
maintains the primary responsibility to respond to natural disasters. I am
proud to say that this authority was re-enacted earlier this year.
As it stands, the President can only deploy active duty servicemembers with
a Governor's consent in domestic emergencies. Thus, any deployment by the
1st BCT can only be utilized once a Governor has authorized the mission.
According to the Stafford Act of 1988, even if a Governor requests federal
forces in a natural disaster emergency the forces are still not authorized
to maintain law and order, a civilian mission. This statute allows federal
forces to supplement the National Guard without violating the Posse
Comitatus Act (PCA). The PCA is violated when civilian law enforcement
officials make direct use of military investigators, the use of the military
overlaps with the activities of civilian officials, or the military is used
to subject citizens to the exercise of military power that is regulatory,
prescriptive, or compulsory in nature.
Please be assured that I am monitoring this issue and that I will have your
concerns in mind as circumstances change. Again, thank you for sharing your
thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about
this or any other matter of importance to you.
If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site,
http://casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online office as a
comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request
assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that
matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.
United States Senator
----- Original Message -----
From: "bob ford" <bobford79 at yahoo.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] A bigger worry than privacy
>I saw this news in the Wash. Post this am. I still don't see how this is
>legal with the Posse Comitatus Act,.................
> --- On Mon, 12/1/08, Cathy <goosecreekfarm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> From: Cathy <goosecreekfarm at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [Homestead] A bigger worry than privacy
>> To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Date: Monday, December 1, 2008, 9:24 AM
>> This, to me, makes the privacy thing look like small
>> Sure, they're just for responding to natural disasters.
>> Sure, it will take
>> an act of Congress to use them in a law enforcement
>> Looking at the recent acts of Congress, the unthinkable
>> seems more and more
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