Does the US constitution permit US Navy Seals & Airborne troops to be called in & to use live rounds on rioters to quell disorder & looting?

Or is it considered if not de jure, at least de facto, that when both sides start opening exchanging gunfire and either use other weapons such as grenades and flame, that it is no longer on the level of a riot but has moved into that of a low level civil war?

Where exactly do we draw the line in terms of a SWAT armoured car and US Army tank on the streets? 

In addition, what tactics do the Army, Navy and Airforce have to deal with this that the police to not?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Elements of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were dispatched to Detroit in 1967 to stop Race Riots. The request came from Governor Romney and LBJ sent them in accordance with The Insurrection Act.

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  • Foofa
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    4 weeks ago

    Under posse comitatus the regular US military cannot operate on US soil. For that we have the National Guard. These are usually retired military who train a few weekends a month and are specific to each state. I believe in the Netherlands you call this type of force the National Reserve Corps.

    • ?
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Wrong -- the National Guard is not retired military, they are part time military.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Special Forces would not be involved in riot control.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    You're not nearly as smart as you think you are.

    Just stop. You're embarrassing yourself.

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