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Sunday, March 11, 2012

OBAMA IMPEACHMENT BEGUN


OBBY, YOU DIDN'T BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH:
(Well, one week later myself and many other bloggers are back from
our boycott protest. No, we didn't get a change in the NDAA or Obama
impeached because of the NDAA, but he IS being impeached -
and we'll take a win any way we can get it! - Editor)


(WNS) WASHINGTON, D.C. - - Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., on Wednesday introduced a resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 107) declaring that should the president Obama use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

Specifically, Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war, a restriction that has been sorely tested in recent years, including Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya.

According to former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, Jones introduced the resolution mainly in response to startling recent comments from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Jones had previously explored possible impeachment when Obama did an end run around Congress when he attacked Libya at the supposed behest of the United Nations.

“This week it was Secretary of Defense Panetta’s declaration before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he and President Obama look not to the Congress for authorization to bomb Syria but to NATO and the United Nations,” Tancredo said.

“This led to Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., introducing an official resolution calling for impeachment should Obama take offensive action based on Panetta’s policy statement, because it would violate the Constitution,” he added.

In response to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., over who determines the proper and legal use of the U.S. military, Panetta said, “Our goal would be to seek international permission and we would… come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress – I think those are issues we would have to discuss as we decide what to do here.”

“Well, I’m almost breathless about that,” Sessions responded, “because what I heard you say is, ‘We’re going to seek international approval, and then we’ll come and tell the Congress what we might do, and we might seek congressional approval.’ And I just want to say to you that’s a big [deal].” Asked again what was the legal basis for U.S. military force, Panetta suggested a U.N. resolution or NATO coalition.

Sessions was dumbfounded by the answer. “Well, I’m all for having international support, but I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,” Sessions said.

“They can provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution,” he concluded.

The official wording follows below:

HCON 107 IH

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 107

Expressing the sense of Congress 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.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2012

Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress 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.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress's exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress's exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.


Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.+Con.+Res.+107: