Congress Moves to Gut Trumps War Powers

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This Saturday, April. 29, 2017 still taken from video, shows an American soldier standing on an armored vehicle in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria

In the fight against terror Donald Trump’s administration relies on the “Use of Military Force” Authorisation issued in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks. Since then lawmakers have been trying to repeal the act claiming it to be obsolete and vague and eventually the efforts bore fruit.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US battle against terrorist groups such as Daesh would be fought under an updated congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) under legislation introduced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

“The threats we face today are far different than those we faced over a decade ago, and this legislation reflects Congress’ Constitutional role in authorizing the use of military force against terrorist organizations,” US Congressman Mike Coffman stated in a press release explaining the initiative.

The Trump and the previous Obama administrations cited two AUMF resolutions approved by Congress following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC as the legal basis for US forces fighting terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and parts of Africa.

On the other hand, critics have long claimed that a new AUMF is needed to satisfy a constitutional requirement that Congress declare war and not the president.The proposed new AUMF would authorize the use of American forces for five years against al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Daesh and any persons associated with these terrorist groups, but would require congressional approval to expand the effort to additional countries.

It was unclear from the release how the legislation would affect US counter-terror operations against al-Qaeda and Daesh affiliates in places where American forces are also active, such as Libya, Somalia and other parts of Africa.

In addition, the five-year deadline could prove problematic for the White House and many members of Congress, since the war on terror is widely considered a multi-generational battle.

The proposed AUMF reflected a bipartisan effort, with Coffman joined by fellow Republican Congressman Don Bacon and Democratic Congressmen Ruben Gallego and Jimmy Panetta.

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  1. Law? What law? No law(s) ever stop the POTUSes from doing whatever they damn well please. There is no law against moralizing your crime.

  2. everyone uses the same montra ”save the american people!!the government uses it the criminal zionist use it [[one and the same]] ,when its the american people who support this.are you people not aware of the flag waving anthem singing fools who praise the murderers we send abroad to fight the ertz yisroel wars for. try and do what these nfl players are doing at the next public gathering and see what you get. the nfl players have a beef but are not using their kneeling to stop wars .they are just thinking of blacks as the only persecuted desperate people a very selfish and ignorant agenda. better they use their power to say what is the real deal not some zionist divide and conquer b s.

  3. At least this is a step in the right direction which might prevent that idiot in the Whore House from starting a nuclear war with China or Russia.
    Next it should investigate Trump’s dealing in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, then write letters of impeachment and serve them to the White House.
    Trump is totally unfit to be president. He has made America a laughing stock and simultaneously threatened to nuke anybody and everybody. Trump is completely controlled by israel.
    They really have him by the short hairs.
    Wonder what they have on him?
    Those trips on Jeffery’s Lolita Express?
    How many other young girls has he raped?
    Totally unfit for anything but prison.

    • JohnZ, who would be fit to be a President of a Nation that has sold her soul and its law system to the God of money? A nation that is paralysed from their own “power&glory” that never existed in the first place. The tribe of many names and faces is everywhere, in USA and all political corners of the world – pulling ALL the strings and NOTHING at all will be or can be in American interests. Nothing at all.

  4. While Trump has proven himself to be ingloriously incompetent on matters critical to the real interest of this nation (as opposed to Israel’s), the US Congress is even worse. Shifting war powers to this Congress is like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

    • The U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8:. Congress has the power….To declare war ,grant letters of Marque and reprisal and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.

    • Yes, I know. I am (in a theoretical sense) generally quite happy with Article I of the US Constitution, but with this Congress, which is almost completely under the spell of the Israel Lobby, it is a dangerous gambit to think they will do any better with war powers than Trump. Let’s be frank; the Constitution is no longer evident as practice in this country and the American people are without effective representation. It would be more truthful if we admitted the US Congress behaves like Israel’s foreign agent and therefore should never (as long as this condition exist) be in possession of war powers.

    • Quite so.
      The American people are getting the government they deserve. This is what they get for being lazy, stupid, ignorant and gullible.

  5. With the passage of the outlaw Patriot Act, gang raping our Constitutional liberties with the cowardly behavior of these traitors in Congress, they have abdicated their war powers responsibilities long ago. All this is a total joke. The U.S. is the terrorist nation of the planet along with outlaw Isael and everyone on the planet knows this. What about no charges or even investigation into 9/11 after 16 years while there is a mountain of evidence Israel did it along with traitors Bush Cheney and the four star generals all of whom should be siting behind bars right now? This country is nothing but a corrupt cesspool today. How are these corrupt fools going to prevent trigger happy Trump from nuking the planet under directions from Israel? Do they plan to sue him after the fact?

    • Indeed, The passage of the Patriot Act was just another in a series of a knife in the back of the American people but this is what we have come to expect from these treasonous, , backstabbing cretins.
      Congress has only an 11% approval rating yet 90-95% are returned each and every election.
      So what does that tell you about the electorate?
      The Patriot Act, NDAA, Military Commissions Act along with the creation of the TSA, DHS and the militarization of police in America are all part of Washington’s war on the American people.
      America is truly now a battle ground.

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