In Unanimous Vote, House Says No Legal Right to Attack Iran

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Has congress finally gotten a spine???

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By Marjorie Cohn

June 06, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  In a little noticed but potentially monumental development, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5515) that says no statute authorizes the use of military force against Iran.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), states, “It is the sense of Congress that the use of the Armed Forces against Iran is not authorized by this Act or any other Act.”

A bipartisan majority of the House adopted the National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, with a vote of 351-66. The bill now moves to the Senate.

If the Senate version ultimately includes the Ellison amendment as well, Congress would send a clear message to Donald Trump that he has no statutory authority to militarily attack Iran.

This becomes particularly significant in light of Trump’s…

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CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2009 UPDATE:The People are Drawing a Line in the Sand for America

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We have just passed the half way mark for the Continental Congress of 2009.  Here is what’s happening:


Beyond Elections.
Beyond Petitions.
Beyond Tea Parties.

ST. CHARLES, IL – The first time free people assembled as a Congress of the People for such a critical point in the nation’s history was in 1774 in Philadelphia.  Over 230 years later 116 Delegates from 48 states have convened a modern day Continental Congress to exercise popular sovereignty and restore self-governance to the people of America.  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT through Saturday Nov 22nd. More

Let’s pretend we’re going to hold Bush & Co. accountable

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There is little likelihood this bill will ever make it out of committee.  Congress has ceded so much of its power and authority to the executive branch that retrieving it will be next to impossible. 


I find it intolerable that a president can unlawfully create laws, change laws, or refuse to abide by the laws and does it with the stroke of a pen having an immediate affect. Yet, if anyone dares to question these actions, a bill must be created, a committee must be formed, permission to receive evidence must be granted and the committee given up to a year to produce anything. 


The fact is, they intend to never hold Bush & Co. accountable or responsible for anything.  The fact is, many of the same people who cheered him on, who gave carte blanche approval, the same people who voted to pass bills violating our civil liberties, the same people who turned a blind eye to the corruption, the unlawful acts, the illegal and unconstitutional executive orders and presidential directives…….are the same people who will sit on this committee if it is ever established. 


This amounts to being the judge at your own trial……you already know what the verdict will be before you sit down.






H.R. 104:

To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties



1st Session

H. R. 104

To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties.


January 6, 2009

Mr. CONYERS (for himself, Mr. NADLER of New York, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. COHEN, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, and Mr. DELAHUNT) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Select Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), the Judiciary, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


There is established the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the ‘Commission’) to investigate the broad range of policies of the Administration of President George W. Bush that were undertaken under claims of unreviewable war powers, including detention by the United States Armed Forces and the intelligence community, the use by the United States Armed Forces or the intelligence community of enhanced interrogation techniques or interrogation techniques not authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, ‘ghosting’ or other policies intended to conceal the fact that an individual has been captured or detained, extraordinary rendition, domestic warrantless electronic surveillance, and other policies that the Commission may determine to be relevant to its investigation (hereinafter in this Act referred to as ‘the activities’).


(a) In General- The Commission shall–

(1) investigate relevant facts, circumstances and law surrounding the activities; and

(2) report to the President and Congress the findings and conclusions of the Commission and any recommendations the Commission considers appropriate.

(b) Consideration and Use of Other Investigations- In carrying out its duties, the Commission shall consider and use, to the extent it deems appropriate, the investigations that have been conducted by other entities so as to avoid unnecessary duplication.

(c) Protection of National Security- The Commission shall carry out its duties in a manner consistent with the need to protect national security.

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