Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rep. Justin Amash Seeks Limits on Presidential War-making

Rep. Justin Amash Seeks Limits on Presidential War-making - Thomas R. Eddlem, The New American, May 27, 2011:

"The U.S. House of Representatives failed to remove a provision from the annual Defense Authorization bill that would give the President virtually unlimited war-making power, rejecting an amendment by freshman Republican Justin Amash of Michigan by a 187-234 vote May 26.

"The Amash amendment, supported by 21 conservative Republicans and 166 Democrats, would have removed language that said 'the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces' as well as those who 'have engaged in hostilities or have directly supported hostilities in aid of a nation, organization, or person' that helps al-Qaeda, the Taliban and 'associated forces.'

"Amash charged that this section of the bill, 1034, 'authorizes use of force worldwide, for an indefinite period, against undefined persons who aren’t directly associated with al-Qaeda or the Taliban. And unlike the 9/11 authorization, the President says this expansive authority is not needed to capture terrorists and defeat our enemies.'"

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