Tuesday, January 24, 2006

His Own Praetorian Guards

Found at Talk Left:
Section 605 of the House version of the Patriot Act renewal legislation ... calls for the creation of a Federal Police Force.
"A permanent police force, to be known as the 'United States Secret Service Uniformed Division,'" empowered to "make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence" ... "or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony."
Somewhere down the road, will this personal police be auctioning off the by-then meaningless title of President to a future Didius Julianus? At least they are started on the right foot, because the Secret Service already has the historically-appropriate initials.

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