by John Galt
Marh 13, 2017 19:45 ET
From the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2:
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; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.
So far, so good. However I do not see the phrase “CIA” or “Central Intelligence Agency” inserted in there anywhere. Then again, regarding the Legislative Branch from Article I, Section 8:
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
Last I checked the American people did not give the CIA the power to unilaterally declare war. Of course tonight that is a moot point as even though the CIA is not part nor subservient to the Pentagon or any General, much less the Commander-in-Chief unless they wish to give that appearance, the news tonight should be disturbing to every American who still believes in the Constitution:
U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials.
Note the word I highlighted in red: suspected.
No due process, which would be fine if the strike were carried out in the guise of a military action by the military under direct consideration and orders of the President. This order tonight is completely different.
The American people are now witnessing one of the shifts many of us worried about with President Trump; a shift to extra-Constitutional actions which exceed his authority and are not strictly defined with the ideals of the Founding Fathers that empowers agencies and groups outside of the military command structure and powers granted by the Constitution.
Now an analyst, mercenary acting on behalf of, or agent in the field for the CIA, in any nation he or she advises, can promote a military strike against a “suspect” in the name of the United States, in an undeclared action of war without the consent of the people.
God help us, because this will not end well.