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StreetsJuly 25, 2009(ChattahBox)—According to the New York Times, citing former administration officials, Vice President Dick Cheney and his legal adviser David S.

Addington, pushed to deploy the military on U.S.

soil in Buffalo to arrest a suspected al Qaeda cell in 2002.

Cheney's neoconservative voice did not prevail, as Bush decided against the plan and ultimately ordered the F.B.I.

to arrest the suspected terrorists.These latest revelations add another piece to the emerging picture of the Bush administration's state of panic, after the terrorist attacks of Sept.

11, and the role that Cheney played to push the boundaries of the constitution to illegally expand executive powers, including illegal wiretapping and spying on its own citizens, torture of detainees, secret CIA operations that Cheney ordered hidden from Congress, and now an expansion of the military into domestic operations.The use of the military on U.S.

soil has not been seen since the Civil War.

The law is quite clear on the use of the military in domestic operations.

Not only does the Fourth Amendment ban “unreasonable” searches and seizures without probable cause, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 bars the military from acting in a law enforcement capacity.But Department of Justice lawyer John C.

Yoo, the architect of the legal justification for torture of detainees, crafted a memo arguing that the Posse Comitatus Act doesn't apply when the military is deployed domestically for a national security, rather than a law enforcement purpose.The Yoo memorandum was declassified in March and stated, “The president has ample constitutional and statutory authority to deploy the military against international or foreign terrorists operating within the United States,”With Yoo's memo in hand, Cheney, Addington and others marched into a high-level meeting to convince President Bush to unleash the military on the suburbs of Buffalo to round up the so called "Lackawanna Six." Cheney pushed for the use of military force to overcome concerns that there wasn't ample evidence to prosecute the terrorist group domestically.Cheney's solution was to bring in the military and declare them enemy combatants, which could be accomplished under a lower threshold of evidence.Ultimately, the F.B.I, Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, John B.

Bellinger III, the lawyer for the National Security Council and others argued against the plan, reasoning it would essentially look bad to have U.S.

soldiers converge on a suburban neighborhood.Chief James L.

Michel of the Lackawanna police said “If we had tanks rolling down the streets of our city, “we would have had pandemonium down here.” Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.

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