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FOR INITIATING MILITARY ACTION WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 11, 2012) — A North Carolina congressman has introduced a resolution which states that the use of military force by the President without the consent of Congress is an impeachable offense.
On March 7, Rep. Walter Jones, who represents the third congressional district of North Carolina, submitted the resolution affirming that “the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.”
Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states:
The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Article I, Section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution assigns the power to declare war to the U.S. Congress:
Clause 11: To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
Obama has already been accused of treason by thousands of individual citizens from various states, a state representative, and a retired commander from the U.S. Navy with no response from the U.S. Congress, which has also been named in the commission of treason.
Since putative Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey last week told the Senate Armed Services Committee that they would seek a “legal basis” from the international community to commit U.S. troops to war, they have been named in the commission of treason by LCDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III as well as others.
Obama’s apparent violation of the Posse Comitatus Act has been called treason.
Obama ordered military strikes on Libya last year without consulting Congress in possible violation of the War Powers Act, which was intended “to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicate by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.” After the Libya intervention, one U.S. Senator accused Obama of “hypocrisy” but not treason. Other members of Congress “complained.”
Obama stated that he was working with “European allies and Arab partners” “to support an international coalition.”
Also on March 7, Obama stated that he would send direct aid to the “Syrian opposition” and may support supplying arms to rebels “by other countries.” Obama has recently predicted that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who Nancy Pelosi visited in 2007, will be forced to leave office. Sen. John McCain, who ran against Obama in 2008, advocates military intervention, while Panetta stated that he opposes it while referencing “the international community.”
Governmental change throughout the Middle East resulting in the removal from office of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and other leaders was predicted to reach Iran. The “Arab Spring” uprisings have been connected to intentions by The Muslim Brotherhood to gain power of Middle Eastern countries’ governments.