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The Presidents Private, Unconstitutional War.

The War Powers Act, enacted in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto, permits the president to use the military for 90 days before telling Congress and for 180 days before he needs congressional authorization. Obama must believe that he can bypass this law by using civilian CIA agents, rather than uniformed military, to do his killing.

War Powers Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Powers_Resolution

The Constitution limits the presidential use of war powers to those necessary for an immediate defense of the United States or those exercised pursuant to a valid congressional declaration of war. In this case of Pakistan, the president has neither. And international law prohibits entering a sovereign country without its consent. But Brennan argued that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which Congress enacted in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 to enable President Bush to pursue the perpetrators of 9/11, is essentially carte blanche for any president to kill whomever he wants, and that the use of drones, rather than the military or rather than arresting those the government believes have conspired to harm us, is a “surgical” technique that safeguards the innocent.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/03/president-private-war/#ixzz1wHPlFuxi

Attorney General Eric Holder made a similar unconstitutional argument a few months ago when he stated in defense of the president’s using drones to kill Americans in Yemen that the AUMF, plus the careful consideration that the White House gives to the dimensions of each killing and the culpability of each person killed, somehow satisfied the Constitution’s requirements for due process.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/03/president-private-war/#ixzz1wHQisUV0

Why care? Well… If we give the government power to kill Americans overaes without trial, it will eventually extend to our land. Don’t doubt it. 



More reading (video):

Obama’s disturbing ‘kill list’ includes Americans


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