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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6 COMMENTS

  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. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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?

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