“Astoundingly Disturbing”: Obama Administration Claims Power to Wage Endless War Across the Globe

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democracynow on May 17, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – A Pentagon official predicted Thursday the war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates could last up to 20 more years. The comment came during a Senate hearing revisiting the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, enacted by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. At the hearing, Pentagon officials claimed the AUMF gives the president power to wage endless war anywhere in the world, including in Syria, Yemen and the Congo.

“This is the most astounding and most astoundingly disturbing hearing that I’ve been to since I’ve been here,” said Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine. “You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution here today.” We play an excerpts of Thursday’s Senate hearing and our recent interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of the new bestseller, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.”




Pentagon plans to wage worldwide War on Terror for decades to come

RTAmerica on May 17, 2013

After the attacks of September 11, Congress handed over the power to the Executive Branch to declare war. The Authorization to Use Military Force Act empowers the president to fight the ‘War on Terror’ anywhere on the global and is set for repeal. On Thursday, the Senate held a hearing over the 12 year-old legislation, but will this legislation remain unchanged or will Congress regain the authority? To discuss, RT’s Sam Sacks gives us his take on the AUMF.


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13 thoughts on ““Astoundingly Disturbing”: Obama Administration Claims Power to Wage Endless War Across the Globe

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  8. I was born in 1947. So it is easy for me to say how long it has been since the Constitution was voided by the so-called “government”…
    66 years, with the passage of the National Security Act.

    Clearly an iron curtain was lowered over the ‘Right to Know’, replacing it with the militarist concept of; “Need to Know”.

    The two key issues that prove unconstitutionality are;
    >Executive Privilege
    >Executive War Powers

    Both are ultra vires constitutionally, blatantly and clearly so.

    All this yada about the AUMF is twaddle, Amerika has been a police state for more than half a century.


  9. And even if the ‘war’ against Al Qaeda would last 100 years, we would never come out the winner. And this is the guy who received a Nobel prize??? Notice I omit the word ‘peace’. A person who says that ‘war is peace’ does not deserve any of this. If Obama had any integrity, he would return the medal and the money.

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  12. OK, the White House is against the world? Battlefield earth must be good for business.

    Guess what? The world wins.

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