U.S. Military Should Not Become 'Team America: City, County, State, Hurricane, Earthquake, Flood, and Riot Police' [open pdf - 31KB]
This document examines the role of the military in emergency response situations, particularly in light of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. The author discusses the Posse Comitatus Act (PCA), which constrains the efforts of the U.S. military in disaster response, and whether or not this act should be repealed, which would allegedly allow military forces to intervene in relief efforts. The author argues that "instead of repealing the PCA, the U.S. government should ensure that federal, state, and local planning and decision making are integrated and that the most appropriate force is deployed."
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