I don't think that seeing the miltarizing of our civilian police force as being a slippery slope to violating posse comitatus as even slightly humorous or as "spin". Given the degree to which some department are now armed we are reaching a point where all levels of gov't essentially have their own military. It should
scare the hell out of people to think that their county and city essentially have their own standing military. By historic standards of military small arms firepower, many American police depts are better armed on that level than many countries. Hell, give the LA County/City PD some artillary and they are pretty much as well or better armed as most latin American nations. And yeah, I have a problem with that.
In response to an utter failure at every level of gov't to protect the citizens, protect the borders, prevent crime and actually enforce the laws against criminals instead of LACs who just made an unintentional mistake, LE thinks the answer is to better arm the enforcement arm of those failed levels of gov't. :shock: That is, in even an only marginally rational world, utterly retarded!! You don't further arm people or a gov't which has already proven it's utter inability to make good decisions. On top of all that, it IS essentially an end-run around posse comitatus so while perhaps not a violation by letter of law, it is certainly a violation of the spirit of the law, something LEOs (at least where I have lived) regularly arrest people for doing.
Does anyone think that when the Posse Comitatus Act was passed that if the feds had pulled out the troops as required, and then brought in an administrator to give federal grants to the local political body, which in turn proceeded to hire hundreds of the recently evacuated, now honorably discharged, troops as LEOs, and then armed them almost exactly as they had been armed a month earlier when they were soldiers, that it would have been considered A-OK with everyone? Heck no!!
Hiring a bunch of ex-US miltary, arming them nearly the same as when they were US military using money from the same federal gov't that trained them in the military, and making them co-ordinate with the feds in the name of homeland security, pretty much creates a "civilian" standing military calling itself LE. That is EXACTLY the kind of BS the Posse Comitatus Act was designed to prevent. The lack of artillary and the fact that LE doesn't get their checks direct from the US Treasury in NO WAY changes what LE is becoming in many places.
For the record, I do NOT blame the average LEO on the street for any of this. This is all taking place at higher levels. Most LEOs probably aren't even thinking about any of it in those terms. But trying to argue that this is all A-OK is preposterous! Firepower is NOT a substitute for good fundamental police work, but in many urban areas it is used that way.