On October 17, 1871, US President Ulysses S. Grant suspended habeas corpus in parts of South Carolina during the prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan. Many ignorant people of that time, and also 150 years later, complained and said that the KKK was a militia and it was legal for them to be arresting, trying, and executing black people for trying to act like white people. At both points in history, then and now, those people are wrong. A private militia has no powers in the United States. Never did, never will.
Of his many accomplishments, Grant was proudest of the fact that he always Shared Twisted-Hitory. Well done, Mr. President!