Posse Comitatus Act

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  • The Posse Comitatus Act (PCA)

    The Posse Comitatus Act: “Whoever, except in cases and under such circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or by an Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army as a posse Comitatus or otherwise to execute laws shall be fined no more that $10,000 or be imprisoned not more than two years, or both” (18 U.S. Code § 1385, 1878). The American people have always had a tradition that abhors the involvement of the military in the affairs of the civilians unless it is necessary. This tradition has been stressed in the nineteenth century Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) forbidding the Army and the Air Force from executing civil law unless authorized by the appropriate authorities. This PCA consist of 52 words, but is one of the most…

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  • The Posse Comitatus Act (1988)

    that historically police history tends to overlook an important detail: “civilian police often formed out of militia groups and military soldiers or, conversely, out of an acute fear of military control” (Kraska & Kappeler, 1997, p. 2). However, traditionally, the United States has attempted to keep the military and civilian law enforcement authority separate. Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in the passage of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Under this act, the use of the military…

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  • Posse Comitatus Act Case Study

    This is essential because it will help in monitoring the sea and air traffic along the coastline and the border and facilitate communication leading to the gathering of appropriate information for the state, federal and the local law officers (Kealy, 2003). The counterdrug appropriations will fund these activities, and the changes would prohibit personnel engaging in seizures, arrest, and searches. The Posse Comitatus Act is a short Act consisting of 52 words. As we have explored the PCA we…

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  • Homeland Security Protection

    weaknesses, America has to find a way to fill the gap. One possible solution to fix these gaps in our security is to use the Army Reserve and National Guard troops to support the overwhelming mission of securing our homeland and thousands of miles of unprotected borders. Even though the Posse Comitatus Act greatly limits the Army Reserve and National Guard units in guarding…

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  • Puzzles When Hate Came To Town Analysis

    On Wednesday, February 1, 2006, an 18 year old boy, Jacob Robida, entered Puzzles, a gay night club, in New Bedford, Massachusetts and performed an act of violence inside the club. Puzzles: When Hate Came to Town, is a documentary that walks us through that night and the days after, Jacob entered Puzzles night club and performed a hate crime, injuring 3 victims. In the documentary you hear the victims’ recollection of that night and also here Jacob’s friends describe his character. In the…

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  • Personal Narrative-The Trans-Alleghany Insane Asylum

    The Trans- Alleghany Insane Asylum It started on a weekend in May, our school decided to plan a field trip to a mysterious building in the western part of Virginia. Don’t ask me why though—we’re all surprised they even considered it. The funny thing is, our school hasn’t taken a field trip in three years, and this is the first placed they decided to go to. The whole situation was quite strange. After a class of eighth graders went to a zoo, the principle has not allowed anyone to go on a…

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  • Analysis Of Insanity In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    “Madmen are people who did not seem to fit into any other category in society, and they forfeited their respectable status by their erratic, embarrassing, or simply unexplainable behavior and the mere fact of their becoming a spectacle” (pg 3). Society is known to ostracize those who are clinically mad or have a mental illness as if they are diseased. It is because of this type of view that has that numerous people are in the asylum for the simplest thing and completely unaware that they are not…

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  • Carnival Creatures Analysis

    Having quite a pessimistic view on the world, humans especially, beginning by the end of my first decade of life produced a great interest in the darker aspects of the world we live in. This doesn 't mean I only explored the things lurking in the shadows, but rather hidden truths and malevolent desires that lie beneath even the happiest of exteriors. This brought forth the birth of "Carnival Creatures" I intend to further pursue and take advantage of this pessimistic view and explore in…

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  • Characteristics Of Oedipus As A Tragic Hero

    To be Mad or Not to be Mad? That is the Question. Have you ever thought of yourself as a tragic hero? A tragic hero a great character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for defeat. “ According to the critic, a tragic hero has three prominent characteristics: (1) a will-power that surpasses that of average people, (2) an exceptionally intense power of feel- ing, and (3) and unusually high level of intelli- gence.”(George Detmold 219) With being a tragic hero, come a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw…

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  • Pursuing Higher Education Analysis

    readers have gathered, many single mothers were able to transition out of poverty and have a realistic future for them and their families. Education allowed them to have opportunities they wouldn’t be able to have without it; mothers are able to demolish the stereotypes that they are unable to achieve success without a husband. Education makes such a huge impact in everyone’s life, and people are able to achieve so much with it. Another point Adair makes concerns the negative impact of the…

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