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UNITED STATES: Congress and the waging of war

Tom Moore sends me a Tom Paine bulletin beginning "Warmongering Without Representation. Where Are The Guardians Of Liberty In The New War? Tom Campbell served five terms in the House of Representatives and was a professor of law at Stanford University for 19 years. In 2000, along with more than 30 other members of Congress, he brought a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton for waging war over Kosovo without a congressional declaration." There follows an editorial on the subject from the San Francisco Chronicle (1/17/03). This is indeed a serious problem. Given the immense power of the Pentagon, congressional participation is decisions of war and peace is more important than ever. The habit of waging war without congressional approval developed after World War II, often by avoiding the use of the word "war".

Ronald Hilton - 1/20/03