Commandeer

Commandeering is an act of appropriation by the military or police whereby they take possession of the property of a member of the public.

In United States law, it also refers to federal government actions which would force a state government to take some action that it otherwise would not take. [1] Commandeering violates the separation of powers that is designed to prevent either the state or federal government from becoming too powerful.[2][3] As the Supreme Court wrote in 1997, "[t]he Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States' officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program." [4]

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External links

  • "Straight Dope, 25 April 2006
  • "Urban Legends Reference Pages, 6 August 2001
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