Accession Number : ADA319929

Title :   A Historical Analysis of the Posse Comitatus Act and Its Implications For The Future

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Burnett, Paull C., II

PDF Url : ADA319929

Report Date : 09 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This historical analysis of the Posse Comitatus Act consisted of a historical review of Congressional Records and a comparison, or differentiation, between the circumstances that existed when the Act was passed and the circumstances of the current era. The purpose of the analysis was to show that the Posse Comitatus Act is an unnecessary hindrance to the modern criminal justice system. The research indicated that the circumstances have changed enough since the Act was passed that the reasons for its original passage are out of date. In addition, it is apparent that the Posse Comitatus Act is currently being applied improperly, which would explain the great deal of confusion that surrounds it. Recommendations for future studies would be a more detailed look at the misapplication of the Act, and the problems that misapplication of the Posse Comitatus Act creates.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *LEGISLATION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), CONGRESS, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, COMPARISON, RECORDS, MILITARY PLANNING, LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE