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House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

Posted on May 27th, 2011 at 15:19 by Paul Jay in category: News -- Write a comment


The House just passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

  1. If we had a good Supreme Court they’d toss it as unconstitutional. There are exact procedures set forth in the Constitution for declaring war. Of course, several of the last wars have all been done without following protocol using loopholes and dissembling. If correct, the Wikipedia page on the subject is unsettling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_war_by_the_United_States

    In any case, with our present Court, I have serious doubts as to whether they’d do the right thing. After all, the Right is all about Strict Constructionism except when it’s contrary to their agenda (e.g., “when the Constitution said you’re protected against unreasonable search and seizure, it means you’re protected except when the police have some vague impression you might possibly be doing something that could be construed as destroying evidence.”)

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