Obama Does Not Have Authority To Bomb Syria Without Congressional Approval

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:07 am

Though President Obama made a number of absurd and unsupported claims in his address on ISIS, the one that already launched a thousands tweets is his assertion that he had the authority to bomb Syria without seeking congressional approval. In Obama’s distorted view of the constitution he can launch a military campaign against any country [...]

AFRICOM Conducts Operation In Somalia

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:39 am

Even though Politifact confirmed as true Hillary Clinton’s assertion that the “US military footprint in Africa is nonexistent.” it seems no one told the US military which launched an operation in Somalia against Al-Shabaab on Monday. Al-Shabaab is a jihadist group based in Somalia that made an alliance with Al-Qaeda in 2012. While a Pentagon [...]

Obama Claims He Does Not Need Congressional Approval For Next Iraq War

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 5:25 am

President Barack Obama, who won the Democratic primaries and general election in 2008 thanks in large part to his opposition to the 2003 Iraq War, has now told Congress he can launch another war on Iraq without Congress’ approval. Instead, Congress would simply be briefed on what was happening, not asked for authority. Those who [...]

Anwar Al-Awlaki Finally Gets A (Show) Trial

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 2:10 pm

American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial. [...]

Feinstein Amendment Punts Issue of Indefinite Detention of Americans to Courts

By: Friday December 2, 2011 8:15 am

An amendment from Dianne Feinstein passed as part of the Senate’s defense authorization bill yesterday punts one small aspect of detention policy to the courts, namely whether the US military can indefinitely hold an American citizen. Adam Serwer, who has had excellent coverage of the detention pieces of the defense bill, had this report: Can [...]

Secret OLC Memo Authorized Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Monday October 10, 2011 9:35 am

Charlie Savage digs out the process for authorizing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in Yemen late last month. He wasn’t able to obtain the secret memo from the Office of Legal Counsel authorizing the placing of Awlaki on a kill list, but he had some of the memo described to him: The secret document [...]

Vote to Accelerate Withdrawal From Afghanistan Gets 204 Votes in the House

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Work on the National Defense Authorization bill in the House wrapped up today, and there were high points and low points. Among the lows was that House members voting against stripping the “forever war” provision from the bill, essentially a reauthorization of the AUMF, by a 234-187 margin (20 Democrats voted against that, by the [...]

First Post-bin Laden Vote on Afghanistan War Coming on Defense Authorization Bill

By: Friday May 13, 2011 6:10 am

Lawmakers in the House will get their first opportunity soon to vote up or down on continuing the Afghanistan war since the death of Osama bin Laden. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will eventually fund $690 billion for the Pentagon and ongoing war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, passed the House Armed Services [...]

Questions Raised About Legitimacy of Bin Laden Assassination

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 9:10 am

The shifting story on the details of the bin Laden capture has concluded with a picture that looks something like this: bin Laden was found in his room unarmed, a woman (his wife) moved toward the Navy SEAL commandos, she was shot, bin Laden resisted in some undisclosed way (perhaps looking for a weapon, perhaps [...]

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