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Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:05pm
Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and balances. We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is ducking any decision on whether to go to war in Iraq and Syria, and a president who is grabbing unprecedented power to take the country to war all on his own.
Annotated: Obama’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

Annotated: Obama’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:05pm

President Obama just sent Congress his proposed legislation to authorize his use of military force against ISIS. An Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the group is long overdue given that the president has been conducting airstrikes…

Limitless War

Limitless War

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 10:49am

This originally appeared in a Politico feature collecting responses to President Obama's recently announced military plan against ISIS.

It's strange to think of it now, but when Congress authorized President George W. Bush to use military force…

House Gets Ready to Vote on New Worldwide War

House Gets Ready to Vote on New Worldwide War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 1:06pm

A hugely important provision for Congress to authorize a new worldwide war has been tucked away inside the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was marked up by members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last Wednesday that poured into Thursday morning (2:45 a.m. to be exact).

Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech

Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 11:48am

The president's chief counterterrorism advisor delivered a speech yesterday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. We issued a first reaction here. Here are some further thoughts:

1.…

House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:52pm

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…

More Eyes Needed on Congress as they Prepare to Vote on Worldwide War Authorization

More Eyes Needed on Congress as they Prepare to Vote on Worldwide War Authorization

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm

The fact that Congress is getting ready to vote on a new worldwide war is finally receiving the attention it deserves — by the media.

The New York Times ran an editorial today that highlights the lunacy under which many members of…

Time to Turn the Page on Endless War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 12:12pm

In an earlier post, we said that we don't have to say no to war forever, but we must say no to a forever war.

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post wrote about the harm caused as a result of 10 years of war:

It's hard to overstate…
Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

By Amanda Simon at 4:08pm

Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act, being marked up by the House Armed Services Committee this week, is a hugely important provision that hasn't been getting a lot of attention — a brand new authorization for a worldwide…

House to Vote on Endless Worldwide War Next Week

House to Vote on Endless Worldwide War Next Week

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 3:46pm

We called for your attention and you responded. Members of Congress are starting to pay attention, and many media outlets quickly followed your lead. But that wasn’t enough. We needed more attention brought to an upcoming House vote on a…

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