Say No to Eternal Worldwide War
CONTACT YOUR TWO SENATORS NOW
via this petition to oppose Section 1034.
The "Defense Authorization" bill now before Congress pours $118 billion into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dumps another $553 billion into the military, impedes nuclear disarmament, expands nuclear energy use, funds "missile defense" in California, revives a jet engine program the Pentagon doesn't even want, discriminates against gays and lesbians, and prevents transfers out of Guantanamo.
But wait, there's more. You might say HR 1540 is the worst bill that ever stood a chance of passing Congress because of Section 1034. This section gives presidents from here on out virtually limitless power to make wars and to lock people in prison -- maybe the worst change ever made to our federal government -- undoing the War Powers Act, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. And President Obama says he doesn't want these powers.
On Thursday, in a very close vote, the House defeated an amendment that would have removed Section 1034. Next week the Senate must get rid of it.