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  •  It isn't acting as a civilian police force (2+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, Cassandra Waites

    even in this instance.  It is acting as a basic territory boundary, a tool used by the civilian police to cordon off an area. They aren't the enforcement, just the implementation of the boundary.

    They don't have the power to arrest people do they?  

    I realize that's a nitpick, but it is a distinction.

    The problem comes in during protests when they are deployed and given leave to inflict authority.

    The authority in these instances is all still civilian; i.e. it is a police and law enforcement cordon that is simply manned by National Guard bodies.  The Guard isn't making the decisions, issuing orders, or actually arresting people, is it?

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    by a gilas girl on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 02:46:18 PM PDT

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    •  but this is what we have COPS for (0+ / 0-)
      It is acting as a basic territory boundary, a tool used by the civilian police to cordon off an area. They aren't the enforcement, just the implementation of the boundary.
      Every major police department in the country has riot-control cops specifically for this.  I saw them in action here during the Republican convention. We had cops everywhere, as far as the eye could see---we had NO uniformed military. None. As it SHOULD be. Policing is what the POLICE do. That's why we have them. It's not the military's job, nor should it be.

      The only time the military plays (and SHOULD play) a policing role is under martial law, when the authority of local civilians is specifically suspended and the military chain of command (through the governor to the president) rules.

      If the commander-in-chief (the governor or the president) wants to declare martial law and put the military in the street to "keep order", that's one thing. But there is a good reason why that is not done lightly.

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