The insanity we call Cheney gets more and more bizarre with each passing revelation.
According to a story in Friday’s New York Times,Vice-President Cheney advocated in 2002 for the Bush administration to send military troops to Buffalo to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six as enemy combatants.
This would have violated both Fourth Amendment guarantees against search and seizure without probable cause and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it illegal to use the military for law enforcement.
Despite those prohibitions, Cheney argued that the president did have the power to use the military on US soil, citing an October 23, 2001 Justice Department memorandum co-authored by John Yoo which claimed that presidential power extended to the domestic use of the military as long as it served a national security purpose.
The Bush Administration’s application and usage of the term “enemy combatants” could have been used against anyone who did not agree with their policies. The fact the Cheney was considering using Yoo’s now defunked legal arguments to violate the Posse Comitatus Act should scare the bejesus out of everyone of us.