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I don’t know why there is not more outrage but this really must not be allowed:
The January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol thrust its police force into a sympathetic national spotlight; like any other government agency, the U.S. Capitol Police has seized this opportunity to expand its mission and acquire additional funding.
Now the Capitol Police plans to build regional field offices in the states: California and Florida, for starters.
“The Department is also in the process of opening Regional Field Offices in California and Florida with additional regions in the near future to investigate threats to Members of Congress,” …
According to the press release, it aspires to move forward “along a new path towards an intelligence based protective agency.” …
So many questions passed through my head when I read that but a commenter at Instapundit starts the discussion off quite well:
…exactly what constitutional authority is there that allows for this? All LEO falls under the executive branch, but the capital police are only answerable to the house of representatives and are not bound by the same regulations, restrictions and rules of the other federal LEO’s. My instinctive reaction to this is it is unconstitutional and therefore illegal and where are the state governments on this? Are they ok with an unaccountable federal police force operating in their states? [Emphasis added.]
Expanding on that emphasized points, given their specific charter to “guard the Capitol building,” what makes anyone think that the USCP has any authority to operate in any fashion beyond the Capitol grounds? Clearly, the Legislative Branch has no constitutional authority to do this but if the Executive Branch does not push back to protect their turf (and they won’t), who will? (What is to stop this lawless Branch from setting up its own court system next? I wouldn’t put it past these corrupt and out-of-control employees of ours.) Ultimately, unless Congress comes to their senses and pulls back from this insanity, this dangerous overstep will have to be addressed by states with the fortitude to do so.
For starters: what can a state do to prevent the opening of these field offices within its borders? Since employees of the Legislative Branch have no authority to enforce laws, how does a Governor react to USCP officers carrying Capitol issued weapons in their state? At what point of their activities does it become impersonating an officer?
Clearly, the correct path is for the USCP to utilize the FBI (hey, at least they have been granted the authority they abuse on a daily basis) for any investigative and law enforcement activity beyond the Capitol grounds.
If Congress doesn’t control itself, I sure hope my Governor stands up to this. I know the unserious among us throw the term around too much, but (as far as this confederation of states is concerned) this seems to be a hill to die on.
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