Via Global Post:
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi approved a draft law on Monday, allowing the military to arrest civilians and assist police after at least 50 people died in anti-government protests.
The news broke when an anonymous source told Reuters the army would “behave like a police force.” The wire service said that means “detainees would go to a civilian and not military court.”
The news follows Morsi’s state of emergency and curfew declaration in three Egyptian cities — Suez, Ismailia and Port Said. It’s unclear if the army will operate in the three cities under emergency law or all of Egypt.
The army’s restoration as an internal policing force is likely to spark significant controversy.