|No Illegal War in Libya: Congress & the War Powers Act|
|Written by Administrator|
|Tuesday, 21 June 2011 20:17|
Will Congress Assert the War Powers Act?
UPDATE: Several SC Representatives voted for the Amash-Kucinich amendment that would have defunded unauthorized US involvement in Libya. Representatives Wilson (SC-2), Scott (SC-1), Duncan (SC-3) Mulvaney (SC-5) and Gowdy (SC-4) voted for this amendment. Please thank them! "Read More" for email links.
According to the War Powers Act of 1973, a President may deploy troops in hostilities for 60 days but must has must withdraw troops after 90 days without explicit authorization of Congress, who Constitutionally wield the power to declare war. Ninety days have passed since President Obama launched military intervention in Libya and there is still no Congressional authorization, rendering the US/NATO war in Libya illegal. The Obama administration’s rational is that “it it not engaged in hostilities in Libya” which is so flimsy it borders on deliberate fabrication. Historically, Presidents have ignored the War Powers Act: this is a prime opportunity to check the power of the President to launch military interventions by imperial fiat! As mounting civilian casualties from NATO bombing in Libya increasingly call the morality of the war into question, the dangers of unchecked military interventionism become clearer and clearer.
Tell Your Congressman:
1. To assert the War Powers Act.
2. What you think about US/NATO military intervention in Libya.
SC #1: Tim Scott-
SC #2: Joe Wilson
SC #3: Jeff Duncanhttps://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me
SC #4: Trey Gowdy-
SC #5: Mick Mulvaney
SC #6: Jim Clyburnhttps://forms.house.gov/clyburn/zipauth.shtml
Tell Senator Lindsey Graham (who recently called the War Powers Act “an infringement on the power of the commander in chief” on Meet the Press this past Sunday) what you think:
|Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2011 19:00|