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Definition of Posse comitatus act

Posse comitatus act Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Prohibits search, seizure, or arrest powers to US military personnel. Amended in 1981 under Public Law 97-86 to permit increased Department of Defense support of drug interdiction and other law enforcement activities. (Title 18, “Use of Army and Air Force as Posse Comitatus” - United States Code, Section 1385)
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Posse comitatus act Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (, original at ) signed on June 18, 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States. It was passed as an amendment to an army appropriation bill following the end of Reconstruction, and was subsequently updated in 1956 and 1981.

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