8/20/2005

Able Danger: What is it about ?

I believe it is all about:
1 - Reinforcing the idea that Democrats are weak on Terrorism (Rove's therapy statement revised)
2 - Distracting people from Bush's failures
3 - Peddling Total Information Awareness and the use of military on Homeland Security

On #3 particularly witness this report by the Cato Institute's senior Editor

Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front

Deploying troops on the home front is very different from waging war abroad. Soldiers are trained to kill, whereas civilian peace officers are trained to respect constitutional rights and to use force only as a last resort. That fundamental distinction explains why Americans have long resisted the use of standing armies to keep the domestic peace.

Unfortunately, plans are afoot to change that time-honored policy. There have already been temporary troop deployments in the airports and on the Canadian and Mexican borders and calls to make border militarization permanent. The Pentagon has also shown a disturbing interest in high-tech surveillance of American citizens. And key figures in the Bush administration and Congress have considered weakening the Posse Comitatus Act, the federal statute that limits the government's ability to use the military for domestic police work.


Booman Tribune ~ The Failings of the 9/11 Commission

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