According to CNSnews, the Department of Defense has begun an investigation into how and why the federal troops were deployed. No official statement is yet available on the principal DOD website. Under the so-called Posse Comitatus statute, use of federal troops to enforce the law is illegal except under very specific circumstances.
In recent months concern has been expressed regarding the potential role of federal military assets assigned to assist in domestic disaster response. If confirmed – and depending on how it is confirmed – the Ft. Rucker incident will further fuel such concern.