Democrat to issue legislation to Defund the Libya operation

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I have news for them a “war resolution” described below doesn’t override the original Constitution that says Congress must declare war….not the president.

Republican lawmaker calls Obama’s action on Libya ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’, another to introduce legislation to defund the mission

By Felicia Sonmez

A two-term Republican House member has penned a letter to President Obama in which he criticizes the administration’s military action in Libya as “unlawful and unconstitutional.”

And Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) wrote to Obama on Thursday, informing the president that he intends to introduce an amendment next week that would defund the U.S. military intervention in Libya.

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock sent his letter Wednesday in response to a letter Obama sent Monday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate President Pro Tem Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) defending his authority to launch U.S. military operations.

“The War Powers Resolution unambiguously defines three circumstances under which the President as Commander in Chief may order United States Armed Forces into hostile action: ‘(1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces,’” McClintock wrote. “Your letter cites none of these conditions.”

“With all due respect, I can only conclude that your order to United States Armed Forces to attack the nation of Libya on March 19, 2011 is in direct violation of the War Powers Resolution and constitutes a usurpation of Constitutional powers clearly and solely vested in the United States Congress and is accordingly unlawful and unconstitutional,” the letter concluded.

McClintock’s letter follows one penned to Obama by Boehner on Wednesday in which the speaker called on the president to answer a series of questions about U.S. involvement in the Libyan conflict, including a “fundamental question”: “What is your benchmark for success in Libya?”

Kucinich, who is co-sponsoring his amendment with Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), wrote to Obama that he believes the administration’s “missteps so far seriously compromise the course of military intervention you have initiated.”

“The only way I can see to correct them is to stop U.S. participation in the war entirely,” Kucinich wrote. “As such, I intend to offer an amendment to the next general funding measure to be considered by Congress to defund U.S. military intervention in Libya. Congress must have the latitude to make an informed decision under circumstances in which Congress’s predictable desire to support the troops does not skew the debate on the war’s legitimacy.”

The White House has defended U.S. involvement in Libya, saying that its action is within the president’s authority and that a formal declaration of war was not necessary. Obama aides have also emphasized that they “welcome congressional support” and dialogue on the matter.

Still, with Obama facing criticism from lawmakers of both parties – including Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a respected voice on foreign policy and a longtime ally of Obama’s on foreign policy issues – a showdown appears imminent next week when Congress returns from a weeklong recess.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday showed that 47 percent of Americans approve of U.S. and allied military action in Libya while 37 percent disapprove. That the number approving is greater than the number disapproving is a positive sign for the White House – but as Gallup notes, the 47 percent approval rating is lower than that found in its polling in the wake of other conflicts since the mid-1980s.

Washington Post

What a coincidence: Janet Napolitano says US faces the greatest possibility of a major terror attack since 9/11 as PATRIOT ACT renewal comes to the House

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As you read this I might remind you of something most of you probably don’t know…….former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge admitted that DHS would issue fake terror alerts shortly before elections in a bid to influence the outcome during the Bush era, the Obama administration is mimicking the same tactic. So when you see this ‘terrorist’ thing being hyped at the time the Patriot Act sunset provisions are brought up again after being defeated earlier in the week, knowing this about fake alerts, you have to question this latest alert right on the heels of another vote on these Patriot Act extensions. It’s very bad for US citizens this piece of unconstitutional legislation has stood for so long and it needs to go.

Big Sis Breaks Out “Heightened” Terror Alert as PATRIOT Act Heads to House

Defeat for the proposed extension of the so called PATRIOT Act in the House Tuesday night made national headlines, yet the extension is set to pass by the end of the week anyway as it is brought back to the floor for another vote. But just in case anyone in Congress reaches the sudden epiphany that they are effectively voting on the Enabling Act,  Big Sis Janet Napolitano has officially notified a congressional panel that the US faces the greatest possibility of a major terror attack since 9/11. (a coincidence right as the Patriot Act renewal comes up again after being voted down earlier in the week?)

House Republicans wanted to extend three of the PATRIOT Act’s most draconian provisions by a further year. For anyone who values the Constitution and freedom per se, that was bad enough, yet Obama went one better, stunning many in the House by suggesting that the legislation be extended for another THREE years.

A prepared statement issued Tuesday afternoon stated that Obama “would strongly prefer enactment of reauthorizing legislation that would extend these authorities until December 2013.”

Republicans attempted to fast track the extension using an expedited procedure that allowed for just a 40 minute debate and no amendments. However, this failed to pass as under such rules a 2/3rds super majority is required.

Even so, the extension fell short by just 7 votes, making it extremely likely that the bill will pass when it is brought back the floor either today or tomorrow. Under standard rules, only a simple majority will be needed for the extension to pass.

The ACLU describes the three provisions that would be extended under the bill:

Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorizes the government to obtain “any tangible thing” relevant to a terrorism investigation, even if there is no showing that the “thing” pertains to suspected terrorists or terrorist activities. This provision is contrary to traditional notions of search and seizure, which require the government to show reasonable suspicion or probable cause before undertaking an investigation that infringes upon a person’s privacy. Congress must ensure that things collected with this power have a meaningful nexus to suspected terrorist activity or it should be allowed to expire.

Section 206 of the Patriot Act, also known as “roving John Doe wiretap” provision, permits the government to obtain intelligence surveillance orders that identify neither the person nor the facility to be tapped. This provision is contrary to traditional notions of search and seizure, which require government to state with particularity what it seeks to search or seize. Section 206 should be amended to mirror similar and longstanding criminal laws that permit roving wiretaps, but require the naming of a specific target. Otherwise, it should expire.

Section 6001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, or the so-called “Lone Wolf” provision, permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-US persons who are not affiliated with a foreign organization. Such an authorization, granted only in secret courts is subject to abuse and threatens our longtime understandings of the limits of the government’s investigatory powers within the borders of the United States. This provision has never been used and should be allowed to expire outright.

In addition, Senate Democrats are set to fast track the companion legislation (S. 149) to the House bill, as they seek to bypass the committee process and push the bill straight to the floor.

Unless the likes of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich can attract scores of their peers to change their votes and defect from the party agenda, then the passage of the legislation is assured.

Also noteworthy is the fact that several representatives who ran on a Tea Party platform actually voted FOR the extension to the PATRIOT Act yesterday.
Slate’s Dave Weigel notes that high profile Tea Partyers like Michele Bachmann, Kristi Noem, and Allen West all voted for the extension. “I break this out because there’ll be a temptation to say ‘the Tea Party and its isolationist elements beat the reauthorization,’ and that’s not quite it,” he writes.

In addition, Ryan Hecker, a Houston lawyer and tea-party organizer, told the Wall Street Journal he believes the act has helped curb terrorism and “the movement should remain agnostic.”

This once again highlights the fact that the Tea Party has been almost entirely co-opted by the establishment GOP. It is now a bloated unrecognizable shadow of the Libertarian grassroots movement that was founded on the need to expel such freedom destroying legislation for good.

Tea Party or no Tea Party, Republicans and Democrats alike are working in tandem to destroy what is left of the Constitution.

One reason bipartisan support for reauthorization has grown, according to the Journal, is the perceived threat of homegrown terrorism, seen in the absurd Times Square firecracker and underwear non-bombings last year. Both questionable non-events and other over hyped and completely manufactured threats have led directly to programs such as the “See Something, Say Something” campaign- a literal citizen spy operation overseen by the DHS.

It seems that Big Sis is on the march again, this time to ensure that the PATRIOT Act gets extended.

AFP reports that Janet Napolitano has directly told the congressional Security Committee that the United States is facing “heightened” threats of attacks from extremists. “And in some ways, the threat today may be at its most heightened state since the attacks nearly 10 years ago.” Napolitano is quoted as saying.

She noted that there is “an increased emphasis on recruiting Americans and Westerners to carry out small scale attacks.”

Booga booga, better re-authorize the power to let the federal government keep a track of exactly what library books everyday Americans are checking out. You wouldn’t want to be the elected representative who tips the scales to allow another 9/11 now would you?

We have previously documented how such terror threats have been routinely hyped purely for political purposes.

Never forget that the media and the government have been totally discredited over and over again by their complicity in issuing phony terror alertsdesigned to manipulate elections and frighten the public into slavish acquiescence.

Just as former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge admitted that DHS would issue fake terror alerts shortly before elections in a bid to influence the outcome during the Bush era, the Obama administration is mimicking the same tactic.

Infowars

House of Representatives Vote to Let Patriot Act Sunset Provisions to Expire for First Time

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Good job House of Representatives, your off to a good start if you keep it up. The Tea Party and Conservatives definitely played a part in this happening.

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Ron Paul Explains, “A Classic Example Of Sacrificing Liberty For Security”

House of Representatives Vote to Let Patriot Act Sunset Provisions to Expire for First Time

Congress, in their only vote of the day, has refused to pass an extension of provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act. Congress voted via electronic vote. Watching the live coverage on CSPAN, every single phone caller to the program spoke out against the passage of the tyrannical bill.

Final vote tally on H.R. 514 was 277 yea 148 nay.

Republicans voted 210 yes  and 26  no.
Democrats voted    67  yes  and 122 no.

Info on the bill can be found here.

The speaker chided house members several times immediately following the announcement of the final vote, telling them to “take personal conversations off the House floor.”

L.A. Congressman David Dreier, a warmongering neocon who has been outed by numerous news outfits as being a closeted homoexual living with his paid male assistant, immediately took the podium in a breathless and irritated manner babbling about house rules. Dreier is a stong supporter of the Patriot Act and all similar type measures. As Dreier spoke, the House speaker hit the gavel several times to try to quiet the room, saying “House is not in order, House is not in order”.  (See video to the left).

Deomcrat Dennis Kucinich, in a speech prior to the vote, voiced strong disapporval, stating that when the founding fathers time “We didn’t hear, give me liberty or give me wirteap! We didn’t hear ‘dont tread on me but it’s ok to spy!”  He added, “What’s happening to our country? Why are we giving up our basic liberties?

Congressman Ron Paul, a longtime opponent of the bill, gave a three minute speech before the vote rising in opposition to the bill. In his speech, he called the bill “a classic example of sacrificing liberty for security”.

Last year, only ten Republicans voted no on extensions of the Patriot Act.  This year, twenty six Republican Congressman voted no. While this blockage is encouraging, it should be pointed out that 87 new Republican Congressmen and 13 new Republican Senators were sworn into office last month.  Many of them claim to hold ‘Tea Party’ limited government type values. Yet out of the 87 new Republicans in the House, we had a gain of only 16 votes against the Patriot Act compared with last year. We need to remain vigilant and assure that our elected servants know to toss the grossly misnamed ‘Patriot Act’ where it belongs: into the dustbin of history.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich an adamant no-vote on current Senate health care bill

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This video pretty well speaks for itself and proves the problem Obama is having passing health care is with his own party.

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