Bush wants right to use military if bird flu hits

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  1. poncho

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    By Charles Aldinger

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic.

    He said the military, and perhaps the National Guard, might be needed to take such a role if the feared H5N1 bird flu virus changes enough to cause widespread human infection.

    "If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you, then, enforce a quarantine?" Bush asked at a news conference.

    "It's one thing to shut down airplanes. It's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu. And who best to be able to effect a quarantine?" Bush added.

    "One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move. So that's why I put it on the table. I think it's an important debate for Congress to have."

    Bird flu has killed more than 60 people in four Asian nations since late 2003 and has been found in birds in Russia and Europe.

    Experts fear that the H5N1 bird flu virus, which appears to be highly fatal when it infects people, will develop the ability to pass easily from person to person and would cause a pandemic that would kill millions.

    "And I think the president ought to have all ... assets on the table to be able to deal with something this significant," Bush said.

    He noted that some governors may object to the federal government commandeering the National Guard, which is under state command in most circumstances.

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  2. Matt Black

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    ...to shoot birds?
     
  3. Matt Black

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    But seriously though, folks, doesn't this contravene the US Posse Comitatus Act of 1878?

    [ETA - D'uh, just read the article - it does [​IMG] :rolleyes: ]
     
  4. emeraldctyangel

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    TITLE 6 CHAPTER 1 SUBCHAPTER VIII Part H Sec. 466. Congress finds the following:

    Section 1385 of title 18 (commonly known as the Posse Comitatus Act) prohibits the use of the Armed Forces as a Posse comitatus to execute the laws except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress.

    Setting...the...stage...just..in..case.
     
  5. ShagNappy

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    I am not a member of the Tin Foil Hat Wearers Society of America in any way, but this should make folks concerned.

    "President George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic."

    Yeesh.
     
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    Agreed, ShagNappy
     
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