Drug wars force Puerto Rico to call in National Guard

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    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/lo...uard,0,5017835.story?coll=sfla-news-caribbean

    More in the article.
     
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    What about posse commitatus (sp?) laws? I didn't think using the Army was legal for police actions.
     
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    The whole idea of a disctinction between a territory and a state makes me nervous. I would bet that is how they will justify it:

    PR is a territory and not a state. I would "assume" that is how they justify it.
     
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    theres also nothing in a legal context that keeps the PR leaders from calling up the guard for martial law. The constitution only provides for protecting the states from having the federal government use the actual military for law enforcement, if I've read the constitution right.
     
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    I haven't looked this issue up.
     
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    Ah...... but if the state requests them for police use, that is not the FEDS using troops for police functions. The national guard is meant to be used by the governor of the states to use for whatever emergency purposes they feel it is necessary. Under this circumstance, they fall under the control of the state and not the feds and therefore, they do not fall under the Posse Comitatus Act.
     
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    Some how it has to be racism.
     
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    They're all peurto ricans over there D, somehow I think thats not the angle here.
     
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    ARe you flaming yourself, or my mistake? :confused:
     
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    This reminds me of the many hispanic areas in Los Angeles that the city had large cement barriers put in place to block certain streets to TRY to prevent all the drug dealing going on in only the hispanic areas.

    There still crying racism.
     

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