Bush Considered Sending Troops Into Buffalo
It would have been an unprecedented use of the military. In 2002, President Bush considered sending troops into Buffalo to arrest terror suspects.
Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with al Qaida, who later became known as the Lackawanna Six, the Times reported on its Web site Friday night. It cited former administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Cooler head prevailed when somone in the administration realized there was something called a Constitution, which prevents using the military domestically.
Scott L. Silliman, a Duke University law professor specializing in national security law, told the Times that a U.S. president had not deployed the active-duty military on domestic soil in a law enforcement capacity, without specific statutory authority, since the Civil War.Click here for reuse options!
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