House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

The House just passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

Before the vote, the House debated an amendment that would have struck the worldwide war provision. That amendment was introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives: Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Given the enormity of the proposed law, you’d expect the House to debate the amendment to strike it extensively, but that’s not what happened. The amendment was debated for a total of 20 minutes. That’s right. Twenty minutes to debate whether Congress should hand the executive branch sweeping worldwide war authority.

The vote on the amendment took place earlier this afternoon, and it failed on the House floor by a vote of 187-in favor to 234-opposed. Check the vote here.

But not to worry, all of your efforts to bring the importance of the new law and the amendment to strike it to your representatives’ attention have not been in vain — we promise. Today’s vote marks the end only of the first stage in our opposition to an authorization of endless worldwide war for the president and to be honest, we came out looking pretty good.

Though it is a bit awkward to celebrate a loss, a margin of defeat of only 47 votes on a provision that most people were unaware of as recently as two weeks ago is a big step forward. The momentum is on our side. And the Obama administration helped efforts to turn the tide when it issued a threat earlier this week to veto the NDAA if it contained such broad sweeping language for worldwide war.

Your answers to the call for action and the expedient work of a bipartisan group of members of Congress and their staff have our opposition movement very well positioned as we prepare for the next hurdle—the Senate.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to begin its markup of the NDAA beginning on June 13. Watch for updates as we continue on this important issue.

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Anonymous

Can you please cite the section of the bill that you are referring to? I've looked and can't find it.

Anonymous

An honest article would have quoted that portion of the bill with a "provision to authorize worldwide war."

Guess we just take the author' word for it?

Bob

Truly, the lunatics are fully in charge of a very highly explosive asylum.

Anonymous

Just as Arab people throw shoes at those deserving contempt, perhaps we in the West should develop our own way to show disgust at acts of total insensitivity by those who would wield power over us. Might I suggest the smashing of eggs on those institutions who breach our Common Law principles? This might extend to all sorts of establishments such as banks and local government offices. No one need know who threw the egg, but the unmistakable sign of “the egg” would be enough to mark them out as traitors and oppressors of the people.

Anonymous

Some of America's finest moments? Remember the Kent State Massacur? Google it, just for Hellery!Will this repeat? Remember Arlo Guthrie's song in the 60's. "Alice's Restaurant"? Google, torrent it! - very long, light a blunt, break out the red, red, wine, bowls full of munchies, enjoy!(We smoked hemp or rope, chunks of hash, in those days) The more things change the more they are the same, it seems! No lessons learned from Vietnam? Only small claims of heroism, battles won? not a war lost? no recall of the opiod drug addicts in "Shell-Shock", wounded, crippled? that returned home, beaten to a pulp by 90 pound, rice burning "Gooks" in black cotton pants, some even without shoes, none with education, most, close to unarmed, using dirty bamboo sticks and tunnels, like rats, against the mighty machines of the U.S. military? Same, Americans, "pulling out" of Afghanistan? Turban Tops still surviving there? Civilizing Iraq? one of the oldest cultures known to man? Teaching them Coca-Cola Corpocracy,developed as recent as post WWII, over Islam, from down through the centuries, Biblical even? Is it worth the bother? Even after the $650 Billions U.S., and many lives lost, both sides, will Iraq finally settle on Shiria law? Islamic rule? Because it is familiar, even to their basic genetic make-up? unlike the Coca-Cola Corpocracy, disguised, flouted as superior, "Democracy"? All, while America borrows even more, now, some $14 Trillion in debt? To Japan, to communist China? America, totally dependent of foreign oil imports? From parasite countries, even OPEC, a Cartel, designed to "fix" world oil prices? Oil prices driven ever-upward by competition from burgeoning Asian economies, populations, bidding with highly prized Chinese Yuan, against rapidly depreciated U.S. dollars? Authorizing 'world wide war' is one thing, financing it another. It take a special brand, an "American Brand" of arrogance, when a full 14 Trillions of U.S. dollars in debt, to even contemplate any kind of war! China has put America on notice! No more loans!Who else has that kind of ready cash? American consumers strapped, and deeply in debt themselves ~ Tax them? no blood in stones folks! Tax the Uber-Rich? Hell! they are so tied up in international Mega-Corps the tax-man can't even find their dough!Ask Japan? After the faulty, American desighned gE-Mk5 styled plutonium making, radio-active waste product creating disaster, Japan will be lucky to see day-light in a hundred years! Print the money? American funny money about to lose its international status as it is! Provek the situation with more 'printing sprees'? not likely to work. So, America, does a belligerent attitude pay? Do you have nuclear/electric bullet train networks replacing expensive, oil powered, jet plane flights? Safe, Thorium fueled, plutonium free, benign waste product reactors serving your country, full, gainful employment with wages that match productivity for your people? Do the rafts of stuffed white shirts, in fully air conditioned offices that think up notions of sweeping permissions for world wide mayhem even know, that some lower class Americans struggle for decent food, medical care each day, and often dont quite make it?
Shiite!

Aussie battler

Nikita Chrustchev was right, only how long ? remains................

cigarette élect...

You are exactly correct on this piece!!

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