JAG

Season 9 Episode 8

Posse Comitatus

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2003 on CBS
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A Marine helicopter pilot finds himself under investigation when he intervenes in a civilian law enforcement hostage situation and puts an end to the hostage crisis. Harriet is put in charge of organizing a Christmas USO show in Iraq.

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  • Chilling militarization of domestic police forces

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    The writers of this episode implied that Mac was wrong to argue that Posse Comitatus " separates us from the banana republics."



    In fact the creeping militarization of domestic police forces, which has accelerated since 9/11, is the most chilling development in US history. It signals America's degeneration into an Orwellian police state.



    Supporters of this militarization can hardly characterize themselves as "patriots." They have demonstrated cavalier contempt for the hallowed American tradition of reverence for natural rights and individual liberty. Among the worst offenders are the writers of the TV series "24."



    Congressman Ron Paul, a USAF veteran, offered this prophetic observation:



    "The American Republic is in remnant status. The stage is set for our country eventually devolving into a military dictatorship, and few seem to care. These precedent-setting changes in the law are extremely dangerous and will change American jurisprudence forever ... few Americans are aware of the seriousness of the situation ... those few who do object to this self-evident trend away from personal liberty and [toward] empire-building overseas are portrayed as unpatriotic and uncaring.

    -- Ron Paul, 2007moreless
  • Another exciting episode.

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    After a sheriff is held hostage at a stable, a marine helicopter intervenes in the situation to solve the problem, but it causes unintended consequences. The marine pilot involved in the incident finds himself on the defensive when an investigation examines his conduct. Harriet is put in charge of organizing a USO Christmas show in Iraq. So much stuff takes place in this episode, it's a really exciting episode, it's same ol' JAG. The court room scenes are shot in a way that looks interesting to watch, the pacing is done well. The storylines are amazing, it's a really watchable episode.moreless
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.

Scott Lawrence

Scott Lawrence

Cmdr. Sturgis Turner

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Zach Tunney

Guest Star

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Sheriff Brad Driskell

Guest Star

Nikki Micheaux

Nikki Micheaux

Deputy Linda Foyo

Guest Star

Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan

PO2 Jennifer Coates

Recurring Role

Hallee Hirsh

Hallee Hirsh

Mattie Grace

Recurring Role

Karri Turner

Karri Turner

Lt. Harriet Sims-Roberts

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Harriet: (on the phone) No ma'am, the MREs do not include hydroponically-grown vegetables. Maybe the Baghdad Hilton has a salad bar. (pause) Hello?

    • Chaplain Turner: Treat my son well, and you'll be rewarded in heaven.
      Admiral Chegwidden: I'll remember that next time the commander shows his stubborn streak.

    • Sheriff Driskell: We didn't choose to shoot it out like it was the O.K. Corral, but that doesn't mean we were helpless. We were waiting for backup.

    • Admiral Chegwidden: (about the police standoff) It's all over the news.
      Mac: You know what they say, sir. If it bleeds, it leads.

    • Harriet: I have to make transportation arrangements for a diva who won't travel without her toy poodle, and I have to explain to a rapper why he can't wear a ski cap in his passport photo.

    • Sheriff Driskell: A helicopter gunship is not the right tool to use in a hostage situation. This is Arizona, not the damn Gaza Strip.

    • Admiral Chegwidden: Good lawyering has nothing to do with feelings.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jerry Doyle is best-known for his work as Michael Garibaldi in Babylon 5.

    • Steven Anderson has previously guest-starred in 3 episodes, the most-recent being "Code Blue" from Season 2.

    • The "Posse Comitatus" is a Federal Act enacted in 1878. The act "generally" prohibits military assets and resources (including military personnel) of the United States from helping or otherwise being used in assisting civilian law enforcement agencies in their duty of enforcing the law, or otherwise apprehending fugitives from justice. The Act was born from circumstances surrounding the actions of the military in the 19th century during Reconstruction & in settling the West. The Act is very important to US citizens to help insure that the power of the country remains with the citizens and not the military, as in other countries. Over the years there have been several clarifications allowing military action in very limited cases and has been the subject of continual debate since its enactment.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Admiral Chegwidden mentions that "the Administration is taking a lot of heat over the Patriot Act." The Patriot Act was passed shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was intended to protect the United States from terrorism, but many people are concerned that it threatens Americans' civil liberties.

    • Harm jokes that Mac shouldn't schedule his interview with Mike Wallace until he wins the case. Mike Wallace is a well-known correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS. He's had a very long media career and he has a reputation as a tough interviewer.

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