Yes, the President CAN “Send in the Troops”

SOURCE: 10 U.S. Code Chapter 13 – INSURRECTION

Whenever “Send in the troops!” is floated, most people say, “But posse comitatus!” A few say, “§ 251 restricts the President to local request.” Here’s their argument:

10 U.S. Code § 251. Federal aid for State governments

Whenever there is an insurrection in any State against its government, the President may, upon the request of its legislature or of its governor if the legislature cannot be convened, call into Federal service such of the militia of the other States, in the number requested by that State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to suppress the insurrection.(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 15, §?331; renumbered §?251, Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title XII, §?1241(a)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2497.)

HOWEVER, the President’s authority is NOT limited to local request:

10 U.S. Code § 252 – Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 15, §?332; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title X, §?1057(a)(2), Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3440; renumbered §?252, Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title XII, §?1241(a)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2497.)

The law clearly places that decision and judgement in the President’s hand.

MOREOVER

10 U.S. Code § 253 – Interference with State and Federal law

The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy, if it—(1) so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or(2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 15, §?333; Pub. L. 109–364, div. A, title X, §?1076(a)(1), Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2404; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title X, §?1068(a)(1), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 325; renumbered §?253, Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title XII, §?1241(a)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2497.)

Here’s HOW that’s accomplished:

10 U.S. Code § 254 – Proclamation to disperse

Whenever the President considers it necessary to use the militia or the armed forces under this chapter, he shall, by proclamation, immediately order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time.(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 16, §?334; Pub. L. 109–364, div. A, title X, §?1076(a)(2), Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2405; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title X, §?1068(a)(2), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 325; renumbered §?254, Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title XII, §?1241(a)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2497.)

So, you see, the President of the United States of America has FULL Constitutional and Federal authority to “send in the troops” to stop insurrection, such as is occurring not only with the idiots in Seattle’s CHAZ, but also with the idiots in Seattle’s Mayor’s office as well as in Washington State’s Governor’s office.

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