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Oct 03

The Military's Role in Disasters: What's the Right Answer?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The government response to Hurricane Katrina renewed debate over the efficacy of the Posse Comitatus Law that prohibits the Pentagon from conducting domestic law enforcement. Amending the legislation to grant federal troops greater authority in restoring order in the wake of a domestic emergency is a bad idea. Establishing ways to ensure the military is better prepared to respond to disasters makes sense, but changing Posse Comitatus would be a mistake.

We can do better than changing a law that safeguards the liberties of our citizens, the principles of federalism, and the balance of civil military relations.

More About the Speakers

John Bonsell
Military Legislative Assistant,
Office of Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

James Jay Carafano
Senior Research Fellow,
Defense & Homeland Security,
The Heritage Foundation

Col. Jonathan B. Dodson (Ret.)
National Security,
Leigh-Chandler Enterprises

Christine Wormuth
Senior Fellow, International Security Program,
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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