Report from the Mail Online: ‘War on Terror part 2: Obama is using 13-year-old authorization from Bush era to bomb ISIS without congressional approval – which may be illegal!
The Obama administration is using George W. Bush’s 2001 permission slip from Congress as legal justification to expand a bombing campaign against the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), even though that authorization applied to al-Qaeda – which is now the ISIS terror group’s mortal enemy.
‘We believe that he can rely on the 2001 AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) as statutory authority for the military airstrike operations he is directing,’ a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday during a conference call a few hours before President Barack Obama’s televised speech.
Legal experts are beginning to doubt that theory, an important development because a staunchly anti-Bush Obama argued as a presidential candidate that the White House can’t wage war without there is an emergency.
Obama said in 2007 that ‘the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’
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