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Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 17:17:08 -0500
From: txliberty@hotmail.com ("Terry L Parker")
Subject: [libs4peace] Prez Can Bypass Congress for War?
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What shall American's do about:

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- White House lawyers have concluded that President Bush doesn't need congressional approval to launch an attack against Iraq, a senior administration official said Monday.

at: http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/08/26/bush.iraq/index.html

US Constitution:

Art II sec 2 clause 1; The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States

Art I sec 8 The Congress shall have the power... clause 11; To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water:

at: http://www.constitution.org/usconsti.htm

The US Constitution is NOT a 'suicide pact' as is often said by those who advocate evasion of it by govt to deal with 911 and beyond.

America's Constitution DOES provide for CONGRESS, and ONLY congress to either 'declare war' against a nation or 'issue letters of marque and reprisal' to pursue non-govt criminals when there is no nation against which war should be declared. That process allows for vigorous PUBLIC debate BEFORE unleashing the deadly military might of America. It is the process REQUIRED to keep America from becoming a dictatorship while still facilitating APPROPRIATE response toemergency.

Americans MUST be suspicious of a govt that EVADES this public process.

Americans must unite behind the US CONSTITUTION and it's Bill of Rights rather than allow the obscenity of 'patriotism' being perverted to serve US govt dictatorship.

See: http://www.constitution.org/

So, what could American govt become like without its Constitution and 'bill of rights' to hold it back?

For some of what follows, if you don't already have it: Download WinZip 8.1 from CNET's download.cnet.com or Download inZip 8.1 (winzip81.exe - 1,803,848 bytes) from a WinZip download server. At: http://www.winzip.com/ddchomea.htm

Examples from places around today's world of NO 'constitution' or 'bill of rights'

Cut throats of 'cut throats' possible absent constraint of 'constitution'

http://movies.ogrish.com/chechclear.asf

and http://movies.ogrish.com/ofex.asf

Without Constitutional constraint, 'community' can participate:

http://movies.ogrish.com/beatenup.zip

and http://movies.ogrish.com/enemy.zip

America saw Vietnamese 'ally' perform this street execution:

http://movies.ogrish.com/streetex.zip

Torture via pulled apart by jeeps: http://movies.ogrish.com/armstreech.zip

Punishment via penis amputation:

http://movies.ogrish.com/playmate.zip

As long as Americans are ok with govt engaging in acts of 'war' without adhering to the US Constitution's prescribed process for CONGRESS to either 'declare war' or 'issue letters of marque & reprisal' what's a little 'bill of rights' infringement?

Hey, there's a 'war' remember; 'war on terrorism' 'war on drugs' and... oh, you get the picture.

PeaceInTheHeartOfTexas, Terry Liberty Parker AustinVoiceCall 1.512.494.9176 Find 21st Century 'War & Peace' via 'Search' at: http://www.austin.indymedia.org Confer at: http://www.topica.com/lists/LibertyGeneral And at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LibertyProspects Also, In Austin Every Sunday 6pm - ? I host informal discussion to which all are welcome who want to talk about ideas & issues of freedom at Hickory St Grill on 8th St & Congress Ave http://profiles.yahoo.com/txliberty http://www.publicconversations.org Please consider signing petition at: http://www.libertarians4peace.net

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