The Washington Post is reporting that thousands of police officers will be called in from around the nation to protect George Bush during his inauguration. In addition to that, there will be up to 4,000 "troops."
Troops, eh? Have you heard of the Posse Comitatus Act? "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
During the last inauguration, protesters caught the Secret Service off guard and the motorcade went speeding down Pennsylvania Avenue. Looks like they're going to make sure they're not scared this time.
Think of all our wartime presidents -- you know, the ones Republicans WANTED you to think of before the election so you wouldn't change horses midstream. Think of Lincoln's inauguration, when just blocks away enemy soldiers were massing. Think of FDR's, during WWII. Bush isn't afraid of a terrorist attack. He's afraid of you and me.
Four thousand troops!