Lawmakers Sign Petition Asking Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria Strike Infowars.com August 27, 2013 At least 22 members of the House of Representatives have signed a petition pleading president Obama to honor the Constitution, in addition to the War Powers Resolution, and seek congressional approval before launching a military offensive on Syria. Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell penned the letter which asks Obama to reconvene Congress if he deems “that military action in Syria is necessary” so they can collectively “consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.” The petition states Obama committed a constitutional infraction when he authorized “221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire” without congressional approval against Libya in 2011. “We view the precedent this opinion sets, where ‘ national interest’ is enough to engage in hostilities without congressional authorization, as unconstitutional,” Rigell’s petition notes. “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization,” Rigell says, “would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.” Below is the full letter, via the Washington Post, and the names of those who signed as of 1:35PM today: Dear Mr. President, We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate – and the active engagement of Congress – prior to committing U.S. military assets. Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution. Mr. President, in the case of military operations in Libya you stated that authorization from Congress was not required because our military was not engaged in “hostilities.” In
addition, an April 1, 2011, memorandum to you from your Office of Legal Counsel concluded: “…President Obama could rely on his constitutional power to safeguard the national interest by directing the anticipated military operations in Libya—which were limited in their nature, scope, and duration—without prior congressional authorization.” We view the precedent this opinion sets, where “national interest” is enough to engage in hostilities without congressional authorization, as unconstitutional. If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute “hostilities,” what does? If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict. Sincerely, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-5) Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04) Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D (MI-01) Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17) Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-2) Rep Justin Amash (MI-03) Rep. Raul Labrabor (ID-01) Rep. Joseph Pitts (PA-16) Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-8) Rep. John Campbell (CA-45) Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-03) Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) “The letter will be sent Wednesday at noon,” reports Politico.
Obama Believes Following Constitution Counterproductive to Syria Attack Plan Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com August 27, 2013
This isn’t the first time Obama has ignored Congress and violated the Constitution Corporate media talking head and Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, Chuck Todd, offered an explanation as to why the Obama administration is shirking Congress and violating the Constitution as his administration prepares to bomb Syria. Chuck Todd: Obama Avoiding Congress Because Isolationists May Block Attack on Syria VIDEO BELOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuvlCj5lD4I Getting approval to pull off an attack would be nigh impossible, Todd said, because of “isolationists” in both houses of Congress. “Isolationist,” naturally, is a word used to describe folks who oppose baseless and illegal military interventions, folks who are, sadly, a minority in government. This isn’t, of course, the first time Obama has ignored Congress and violated the Constitution. He also did so when he bombed Libya, where 30,000 people lost their lives during Operation Odyssey Dawn, and he continues to do it in Pakistan and Yemen with his drone program. MSNBC host Ari Melber made sure to draw attention to these previous and ongoing constitutional violations, just so we’re up to speed on the fact wars are no longer declared by Congress because… well, because the vast majority of Americans oppose endless war and this antiwar sentiment is counterproductive to the plans of the global elite and warmongers addicted to recurrent slaughter and its profitability.
Todd also mentioned that Democrats (and, earlier, Republicans under Bush) have consistently exploited the “authorization” issued after the attacks of September 1, 2001, to attack new targets, apparently ad infinitum and at the discretion of the president. As a reminder, let us consider Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution. It states: “Congress shall have power to… declare War,” not the president. As an example of how far we’ve wandered from the original intent of the framers, Doe v. Bush decided that congressional authorization suffices for declaration. The last constitutionally valid declaration of war occurred in December 8, 1941, when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a declaration of war against Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor. All wars since have been unconstitutional.
Obama Pushes Nations Into World War 3 Anthony Gucciardi Storyleak August 27,2013
The plunge into taking military action on Syria is not just reminiscent of Iraq, but is representative of Obama’s continued hot war against Russia that has gone from proxy to direct over the last several days. Obama Pushing Nation Into World War 3 VIDEO BELOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrpufP5KLsM The situation in Syria has always been a proxy war between the United States and Russia, and that is even admitted by the mega news networks who don’t ever dare to mention Obama’s secret orders demanding support for the Syrian rebels back in 2011 (in order to crush the Putin-backed Assad). But that all changed when Israel directly attacked a Russian missile depot, launching what amounts to a direct attack on the Russian forces. As you may be aware if you actively read Storyleak or Infowars, Russia ultimately called upon a ‘combat readiness’ drill following this attack. More than 160,000 Russian troops from across the nation met with naval ships, aerial bombers and fighters, and other assorted military wings in order to attain
‘immediate combat readiness’. It is no coincidence that this coincided with the Israeli attacks on Russian missile depots, which the media was even able to confirm publicly through US officials after weeks of silence over the attack. As you can plainly see, Russia is not playing around. But either is Obama in his crusade to destroy any shred of hope left for the relations of the United States and Russia. It was on the Jay Leno show appearance we clearly saw this reality.
Obama and Leno: Putin Is Hitler, Stalin Combined for ‘Rounding Up Gays’ It was back during his appearance on the Jay Leno show, the part which was entirely ignored in the US while simultaneously becoming a major headline internationally, where Obama and Jay directly compared Putin to Hitler and Stalin. That’s right, Hitler and Stalin. Not only did the talk show host bring this up in what surely amounts to the Obama administration goons setting it up on the teleprompter, but they went and accused Putin of ’rounding up the gays’ like Hitler rounded up the Jewish population. Meanwhile, citizens who compare Obama to Hitler or Stalin are demonized to the fullest extent of media bias possible. Or better yet, can you imagine if Putin went and called Obama the new Hitler and Stalin combined? One thing is clear: Obama is on a mission to destroy any relations with Russia and throw this nation into a hot war that will not benefit anyone but a select few. Syria, the new Iraq, is just the beginning. We’ve seen time and time again how we are roped into these conflicts over false pretenses only to initiate endless wars that only profit the banksters and the sociopath control freaks at the top.
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Published on Aug 28, 2013
At least 22 members of the House of Representatives have signed a petition pleading president Obama to honor the Constitution, in addition t...