Dick Cheney Wanted to Violate the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

Saturday, July 25, 2009

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Dick Cheney tried to dupe his boss, former president George Bush, into sending U.S. military troops to a Buffalo, NY suburb to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with al Qaeda.

Cheney, known for inventing laws out of thin air, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the men, who became known as the Lackawanna Six and declare them enemy combatants.

If Cheney’s scheme had been carried out — Bush ultimately decided against the vice president’s proposal, it would have been a Constitutional violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which forbids using the military as a law enforcement agency to use against the American people.

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19 Responses to Dick Cheney Wanted to Violate the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

  1. Harry says:

    I never thought I’d live long enough to see Bush display more sense than Cheney. I’m stunned.

  2. Big Hank says:

    Cheney is an evil, lawless piece of shit.

    It’s too damned bad Obama lacks the balls to prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But if Obama can’t stand up to a racist cop in Boston, he sure as hell can’t hold his own against Cheney.

  3. VicoDANIEL says:

    I think I have a different take on this.

    Cheney has demonstrated contempt for the rule of law the United States Constitution for his entire career in Washington.

    Just think of his relentless attempts to make his so-called unitary executive notion of expanding the Executive Privilege to include not only the office of the vice president but, all members of an administration. There is no such thing as a unitary executive outside a small handful of rightwing think tanks in Washington.

    So it would stand to reason that Cheney would view the military as his personal police force and the Constitution be damned.

    vicodaniel@yahoo.com

  4. Walk on Socks says:

    Now there’s a scary thought: the U.S. military acting as Dick Cheney’s personal goon force.

    I would relocate to another country.

    All I know is Cheney belongs in a Federal prison with all the other enemy combatants.

  5. Oh, you lie-bruls need to lighten up. The troops would have been used against non-Real Americans®, and therefore would have been perfectly legal.

  6. Ken says:

    I guess you Libs have forgotten WACO. Dick Cheney is a modern American Hero

  7. Joey says:

    Didn’t they station active-duty troops on American soil last fall? Are they still here, and still active?

    And Randal, the “Lackawanna Six” are American citizens, each of them having been born on American soil. But it was nice of you to attempt to contribute to the discussion, and interesting to hear you categorize the near-violation of the Constitution as a conservative notion.

  8. Joey says:

    What about Waco? Please elaborate.

  9. Even if it was legal (which it clearly wasn’t), beyond creating an overwhelming sense of fear (not surprising from Cheney), the use of the military would have accomplished nothing. The local police captured them easily, particularly because they were poorly organized group.

  10. retahyajyajav says:

    Ken gushes: “I guess you Libs have forgotten WACO. Dick Cheney is a modern American Hero.”

    What the hell are you talking about?

    Fact check:

    1. WACO happened during Clinton’s first term and stands as an example of what happens when the Feds get involved in a local law enforcement matter

    2. Cheney a hero? Do you suffer from a syphilitic brain? Cheney an evil lying, war criminal and belongs in jail

  11. Joe in Colorado says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this but, Bush was correct to ignore Cheney’s insane demand he use the military to arrest six Americans in Buffalo. This was an FBI/local law enforcement matter and Bush made the correct call. Just imagine the legal and the constitutional crisis had Cheney had his way and Bush sent the military to apprehend these six American suspects? Such an event would’ve shook this nation to its core. Cheney is out of his mind.

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  13. Woodcliffe says:

    Neocons like Cheney view the constitution and the rule of law as a nuisance, an obstacle to their agenda and goals.

    If they must break laws or violate the constitution in order to get what they want, so be it. Laws are for the little people. Cheney, et al, are above the law.

  14. libhomo says:

    Is there a law Dickless Cheney didn’t want to violate?

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  16. and bush also stood up to cheney about pardoning libby.

    i would imagine there will be no thanksgiving dinners with laura and lynne

    the only thing that would cheer this nation, rather planet is cheney’s #6 – and it works this time. they will have to hide his grave since so many people will want to pee on it

    AND the only reason cheney continues to get away with this is the “deference” the media pay sto him as ex-VP

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  18. Tiny Dancer says:

    Cheney, the great, American patriot my ass.

    I don’t think I realized how close we came to losing our country between 2001 and 2009.

  19. Cool Thug says:

    Randal Graves, can you please define “real Americans” for me?

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