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  • Obama circumvents Constitution with Ďsigning statementsí after blasting Bush

    12/26/2016 5:19:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama said Friday that the annual defense policy bill Congress sent him violated the Constitution ó but he signed it anyway. Instead of a veto, Mr. Obama issued a statement saying he would modify the law in its execution so he carries it out the way he thinks meets constitutional muster. Mr. Obama promised during the 2008 campaign not to engage in issuing signing statements. He said that kind of behavior was a dark spot on the presidency of George W. Bush. But in the years since, Mr. Obama has become a regular practitioner, issuing more than 20 signing...
  • Obama threatens to veto defense bill because it protects religious groups

    10/27/2016 3:56:55 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/27/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Know him by his fruit. For as long as Barack Obama has been on the scene, he has claimed to be a Christian, and the media have consistently defended him against any claim to the contrary - whether that he is a Muslim (which he is not) or simply a closet atheist (much more likely if you ask me). The claim that Obama is a Christian is based on a) self-identification; and b) his years listening to Jeremiah Wright rant about Americaís chickens coming home to roost. In Matthew 7:23, Jesus says that many will cry out to him, ďLord,...
  • Dems block Senate defense bill, fear domestic spending cuts

    07/07/2016 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2016 12:41 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    Senate Democrats sidetracked a $575 billion defense bill for next year late Thursday and threatened to shut down Congressí work on spending legislation, accusing Republicans of shortchanging domestic programs. The move prompted the leaders of each party to testily accuse the other side of dysfunction. Both parties support the defense measure itself. But Democrats fear that if it is completed and sent to President Barack Obama, they would lose leverage with the GOP for future spending measures financing health, public works, law enforcement and other domestic programs. The Senate voted 50-44 to head off a Democratic filibuster of the bill...
  • House approves $602B defense bill despite White House objections

    05/18/2016 8:46:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 5/19/16 | ap
    WASHINGTON Ė The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). ADVERTISEMENT The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, seeks to halt a decline in the combat readiness of the U.S. armed forces by purchasing more weapons and prohibiting further cuts in troop levels. But in a 17-page statement on the policy bill, the White House detailed its...
  • Obama signs defense bill but blasts Gitmo restrictions

    11/25/2015 1:40:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion annual defense policy bill, even though it includes language that hampers the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison. As a presidential candidate Obama pledged to close the controversial detention facility, but has been thwarted repeatedly by Congress, which opposes transferring detainees to the mainland United States. In a rare move, the president issued a signed statement blasting provisions in the bill intended to block the president from moving Guantanamo Bay prisoners to facilities within the U.S. "I am, however, deeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action...
  • Obama has earmarked $700 million MORE in weapons to arm anti-Assad ‚Äėrebels‚Äô...

    11/15/2015 1:56:44 PM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies ^ | 15 Nov 2015
    The Obama Regime continues to spend our money to fund what he calls the "Good Guys" of the now practically defunct 'Free Syrian Army.' Most of the $$hundreds of millions in arms Obama has already sent them have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State and/or al-Nusra…followed by the 'rebels' who then quickly join one of these terror groups.
  • Congress passes defense policy bill that keeps Guantanamo open

    11/10/2015 10:09:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama's plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay took another hit Tuesday as Congress passed the annual defense policy bill that keeps in place a ban on shipping any of the terrorist suspects to the U.S. Mr. Obama has repeatedly objected to the ban and earlier this year vetoed another version of the bill -- but this new version passed the Senate on a 91-3 vote Tuesday, and cleared the House on a 370-58 vote, signaling that he'd have a tough time getting Congress to back him up should be try to veto this one. The move...
  • House passes defense bill that restricts Gitmo closure

    11/05/2015 10:28:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 5, 2015 | AP
    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a revised $607 billion defense policy bill that restricts President Barack Obama's efforts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 370-58. The measure was revised to align with the budget agreement the president signed into law on Monday. The White House said Wednesday Obama remains opposed to provisions hampering his ability to transfer the 112 detainees out of Guantanamo and move them either to other countries or the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said there was no veto threat but that the president still must review the bill. Obama...
  • Obama to veto defense bill unless Congress closes Guantanamo

    10/07/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/07/2015 | Rick Moran
    So who's the obstructionist now? President Obama is promising to veto the defense spending bill unless Congress votes to close the prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba. Roll Call: ‚ÄúSo this is an indication that Republicans are gonna need to find a way to work with Democrats to put forward a National Defense Authorization Act that will earn not just the support of Congress, but also the support of the commander in chief,‚ÄĚ he said. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., has said the White House promised him a plan to close the prison, but has yet to...
  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montanaís first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obamaís desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • White House threatens veto of defense bill

    05/19/2014 3:33:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2014 5:54 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapons systems and popular programs in the face of limited budgets. [Ö] The White House also complained about the billís limits on the presidentís ability to transfer terror suspects being held at the U.S. facility at GuantŠnamo Bay, Cuba. Ö
  • Obama signs sweeping defense bill

    12/26/2013 1:35:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2013 3:48 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military. [Ö] The bill provides $552.1 billion for the regular military budget, plus $80.7 billion for the Afghanistan war and other overseas operations. Ö
  • Sen. Gillibrand sees military sexual assault vote slip away [Reid: she's Senate's "hottest member"]

    12/09/2013 2:20:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is headed back to the drawing board with her controversial proposal to take sexual assault cases outside the chain of command. Gillibrand had been assured a vote on her plan during work on the Defense authorization bill. [snip] Gillibrand spokeswoman Bethany Lesser said the senator is ďconfidentĒ she will eventually receive a vote on her measure, even if it isnít voted on as an amendment to the Defense bill. Her amendment was introduced as a stand-alone measure on the floor last month under a procedure that would allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring...
  • Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

    01/03/2013 10:14:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached a statement in which he serves notice to Congress that heíll interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to objections of military chaplains against the new policy on gay service members. Mr. Obama said in a ďsigning statementĒ late Wednesday that he agrees with the ďvast majorityĒ of provisions in the 680-page law. But he added, ďI do not agree with them all.Ē He earlier had issued a veto threat to...
  • Obama signs $633B defense bill

    01/03/2013 5:04:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:39 AM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. Ö
  • Obamaís Secret War-making for the U.N.

    03/22/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 3/22/12 | Trevor Loudon
    You may not have heard of PSD-10 because it has received no significant coverage from the major media. Yet, President Obama issued ďPresidential Study Directive 10Ē last August 4, 2011, and posted it on the White House website. It amounts to a new and potentially far-reaching exercise of American military power cloaked in humanitarian language and conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Under this new ďObama doctrine,Ē U.S. troops can be deployed to arrest or even terminate individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, which is based on a treaty that has not...
  • Napolitano: Can the President Kill You?

    03/14/2012 5:23:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 18 replies ^ | March 14, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this? Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process -- a public jury trial...
  • Dems Introduce Legislation to Repeal Indefinite Detention of Americans

    03/09/2012 2:32:24 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 8 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) have unveiled legislation in the Senate and House which would ensure that any individual detained on U.S. soil under the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) has access to due process and the federal court system. The bill would repeal the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that requires the military to detain on U.S. soil any individuals suspected of terrorism. Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch an effort to protect U.S. citizens from indefinite detention and preserve civil liberties.Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch...
  • Eric Holder: Targeted killings legal, constitutional (Where's the outrage from the left?)

    03/05/2012 5:27:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/5/2012 | By JOSH GERSTEIN
    Attorney General Eric Holder Monday presented the Obama administrationís most detailed justification for armed drone strikes against Al Qaeda leaders, arguing that the U.S. government doesnít legally need judicial review to kill terrorist operatives overseas ó even when those individuals are American citizens. ďItís clear that United States citizenship alone does not make such individuals immune from being targeted. But it does mean that the government must take into account all relevant constitutional considerations with respect to United States citizens Ė even those who are leading efforts to kill innocent Americans,Ē Holder said in a speech delivered at Northwestern University...
  • U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing" (Americans overseas): source

    03/04/2012 4:51:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/04/12 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing": sourceBy Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON | Sun Mar 4, 2012 7:23pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen. Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret "targeted kill" program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or...