posse comitatus

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posse com·i·ta·tus

See posse.

[Medieval Latin posse comitātūs : Medieval Latin posse, power, body of men (from Latin, to be able; see potent) + comitātūs, genitive of comitātus, county, territory of a count; see county.]

Posse Comitatus

 the body of men over the age of fifteen which the sheriff of an English county could raise as a force in a crisis, 1285.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posse comitatus - a temporary police force
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
posseman - an able-bodied man serving as a member of a posse
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It being therefore evident that the supposition of a want of power to require the aid of the POSSE COMITATUS is entirely destitute of color, it will follow, that the conclusion which has been drawn from it, in its application to the authority of the federal government over the militia, is as uncandid as it is illogical.
A good deal was said about sending for the sheriff; some hints were given about calling out the posse comitatus to avenge the insulted laws; and many of the citizens were collected, deliberating how to proceed.
They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
The story of the posse comitatus in this Article provides additional perspective on the dual nature of the right/duty to keep and bear arms.
Whereas America's Posse Comitatus Act specifically bans the U.
The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act prevents the president from sending in the National Guard without a request by a governor--see the chapter on Hurricane Katrina.
The expert said that "in the Argentine case, since the advent of democracy (following the dictatorship of 1976-1983) and in the United States through the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (which established strict limits on the federal government's use of the military as a police force) there is a clear distinction of functions and attributions between defense and domestic security," something that Lousteau seems to ignore.
takes a fresh look at the merging of military capabilities in law enforcement and the potential implications for the Posse Comitatus Act.
From this point of view, September 11 represented an important landmark, because it introduced supervisions without mandate, detentions without mandate, including the restraining, without precedent, of habeas corpus, and the restraining of the laws posse comitatus which forbade the use of the soldiers in the enforcement of the internal policies of USA.
The great irony is that the pervasive presence of contractors doing military and governmental functions dissipates the Posse Comitatus concerns.
Areas of discussion include a brief history of domestic operations--including the authorizations and limitations of the Stafford Act--the Posse Comitatus Act, the Insurrection Act, and the commander's use of intelligence collection assets in DSCA operations, along with some examples.
The endowment of such a power to the president by the Congress is nothing less than a de facto legislative repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, the law forbidding the use of the military in domestic law enforcement.