Home Grown Terror Thursday

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President Obama has been emphatically warning Americans about the dangers of a Trump presidency. But these warnings divert attention from a much darker reality. His Justice Department is in fact pushing the law in a direction that will enable the next president to declare war against any “terrorist” group or nation without the consent of Congress.

This reality is clear from the Department’s response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s war against the Islamic State.

In 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution over President Richard Nixon’s veto. It represented the culmination of a national effort to prevent future presidents from repeating Nixon’s unilateral escalations in Vietnam. The Resolution provides that, when a president commits American forces to a new military engagement, he has 60 days to gain the explicit authorization of Congress for the war. If Congress refuses its consent, the Resolution requires the commander in chief to withdraw his forces from the battlefield within the next 30 days.

The Resolution represented a fundamental breakthrough. According to Senator Jacob Javits, its leading sponsor:

“We live in an age of undeclared war, which has meant Presidential war. Prolonged engagement in an undeclared Presidential war has created a most dangerous imbalance in our Constitutional system of checks and balances. . . . [The bill] is rooted in the words and the spirit of the Constitution. It [aims] to restore the balance which has been upset by the historical enthronement of that power over which the framers of the Constitution regarded as the keystone of the whole Article of Congressional power–the exclusive authority of Congress to declare war; the power to change the nation from a state of peace to a state of war.”

Bruce Ackerman @ THE ATLANTIC

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19 Responses to Home Grown Terror Thursday

  1. º¿carol says:

    Your headline says “Tuesday.”

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  2. º¿carol says:

    Can’t get the article to open. That’s ok, don’t really want to read it anyway. Plus, I’m not one who hates Obama like you and Micki do, and other liberal internet friends I have. I figure he’s about the best we could have got in this crazy era, in this crazy country. Not happy w/ Hillary, but I’ll take Hillary because she’s all we have.

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    • Den says:

      It’s not hate, it’s the Janus aspect in him, you refuse to see the truth?

      Do so @ you’re own peril.

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      • º¿carol says:

        It’s not that I don’t see the “truth,” it’s that there’s nothing we can do about it. I supposed we could find fault with every candidate that could be tossed out there, they would ALL fail by your standards. There is no perfect human, and the complicated society and world we live in, well, no one person can change our direction. That magical person hasn’t shown up yet, doubt he/she ever will. Probably always going to be the choice of the lesser of two evils, or perhaps our society as a whole can suddenly start getting edumucated. Systems have to be fixed, to fix our people and THAT is never going to happen either.

        The way it is here is the way it’s going to stay. (we’re doomed) I like Obama, not likes some things he’s done, and things he didn’t do that I he should have. But he was a pretty good president. Lots of presidents to compare him to.

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  3. Den says:

    Our country has been hijacked by BIG BIZNEZ in case anyone has not noticed, war is good for the economy, without it the economy would collapse. I sure don’t remember this type of behavior being included in The Constitution. Obomber is a tool of Isreal and the Saudis funding both sides of illegal wars sacrificing children and other innocents for a buck, shameful man, shameful.

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  4. micki says:

    One thing I “hate” is the use of the word “hate” to describe one’s feeling/attitude/emotion towards another human being. I don’t “hate” anyone. But, that doesn’t mean I like what they stand for nor do I like what they do.

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  5. Den says:

    Do not allow excess execration to engulf your soul.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    But 14 minutes up B Street and down to Sloan. Then 10 more minutes down the longcut to the Tokyo Seoul for seaweed salad and the usual. Stick walking at night isn’t as satisfying but having frittered away the daylight…

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    • David B. Benson says:

      11 more minutes back to Sloan makes 35 minutes for today. Walked home past several Thursday night parties, one with an ambulance in attendance. Lotsa legs on the sidewalks.

      Day 5: 125+35=160 minutes.

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