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FOCUS: White House Approves Use of Lethal Force for Border Troops
Thursday, 22 November 2018 12:30

Excerpt: "The White House late Tuesday authorized U.S. military troops deployed at the Mexican border to use lethal force and conduct law-enforcement operations, Military Times reports."

U.S. military lays out barbed wire on border with Mexico. (photo: Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty)
U.S. military lays out barbed wire on border with Mexico. (photo: Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty)


White House Approves Use of Lethal Force for Border Troops

By The Daily Beast

22 November 18

 

he White House late Tuesday authorized U.S. military troops deployed at the Mexican border to use lethal force and conduct law-enforcement operations, Military Times reports. The memo, signed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, gives Department of Defense personnel the freedom to conduct “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention, and cursory search” in order to protect border agents from the migrant families crossing the border to seek a better life. In the “Cabinet memo,” Kelly justified the shift by writing that “credible evidence and intelligence” had suggested the migrants “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder.” Military Times notes these orders could violate 1898’s Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids the U.S. armed services from performing “tasks assigned to an organ of civil government” or “tasks assigned to them solely for purposes of civilian government,” according to a review by the Congressional Research Service. The review notes the president does have the authority, however, “to use military force to suppress insurrection or to enforce federal authority.”

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Comments  

 
+27 # wilhelmscream 2018-11-22 13:38
Another violation of law and order from the “Law and Order” Trump. @ THIS POINT, AL NERI COULD DO A BETTER JOB!!
 
 
+2 # wilhelmscream 2018-11-22 16:06
Trump threatened 2 close the U.S/Mexican border 2day if he dosen’t get his way! THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENSES IF(or when) HE GOES THROUGH W/ HIS THREAT!! IMPEACH HIM NOW!!
 
 
+5 # economagic 2018-11-22 20:36
If US troops shoot a person on the other side of the border for ANY reason there will be hell to pay.
 
 
+1 # Michaeljohn 2018-11-22 20:51
The Mad Hatter isn't done yet. Next step is a declaration of war against some nebulous 'invasion' of the US. That gives him the ability to declare martial law and there goes the constitution. He's a cornered rat and cornered rats fight to the death.
 
 
+3 # Citizen Mike 2018-11-22 21:20
The military commanders will not obey an order they know to be illegal.
 
 
+4 # treerapper 2018-11-23 04:37
A complete disgrace. The Pentagon should resist and rebel as it is a flagrant misuse of armed services personnel. Shades of Israel, murdering Palestinians who are protesting.
 
 
+3 # elizabethblock 2018-11-23 08:02
Against the law. I'm waiting for the ACLU to sue.
 
 
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-23 09:49
So does the Pestilent’s authority outrank the International Treaty nights of asylum-seekers & refugees? I suspect not.
 
 
0 # NAVYVET 2018-11-23 14:27
The whole d&^* thing is both unconstitutiona l and in violation of international law.