War Powers Act: Lest We Forget


Jan Slakov

Dear RN list,     June 2

As the message below points out (and the next messages too), laws still
exist that show clearly that this ongoing bombardment of Yugoslavia is

The people who organized the Moment of Silence for peace (contact: Chris
Whitten <•••@••.•••>/http://www.momentofsilence.org/) remind
us of the upcoming March on the Pentagon. Not all of us can go but we will
join the marchers in spirit (even if some of us are not "Americans" = US

"Many Americans are making the trip to Washington, D.C. on June 5
to join in the March on the Pentagon.
See http://www.iacenter.org/endrse65.htm"

all the best, Jan

Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 23:04:17 -0700
From: nurev <•••@••.•••>
Organization: Nurev Independent Research

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: The War Powers Act. Lest we forget.


SEC. 5. (b)
Within sixty calendar days after a report is 
submitted or is required to be submitted
pursuant to section 4(a)(1), whichever is earlier, 
the President shall terminate any use
of Untied States Armed Forces with respect to 
which such report was submitted (or required to be 
submitted), unless the Congress (1) has declared war or has
enacted a specific authorization for such use of United 
States Armed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day 
period, or (3) is physically unable to meet as a result of
an armed attack upon the United States. Such sixty-day 
period shall be extended for not more than an additional 
thirty days if the President determines and certifies to
the Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity 
respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requires 
the continued use of such armed forces in the course of
bringing about a prompt removal of such forces.


The War Powers Act serves to maintain the illusion that 
all serious power really does not reside in the hands of the
Executive Branch. The Congress has given up the pretense.

May 25th 1999 was the day that Congress was either to declare
war in Yugoslavia, or cut off the president's war making

Nothing happened. Did the corporate press forget how to count?
Does no one in the Government have a functional calendar? Are
government calendars printed by the same people who make the maps
of Belgrade for the Air Force?

Was there ever REALLY a Constitution, or was it all always bullshit

Even if nothing else good comes out of this monumental elitist
screw up, at least it is now out in the open. The rich in this 
country have done away with separation of powers and invested the
country's blood and treasure into the branch of government they 
always directly control. Luckily for them, they always control
the Senate, and often control the House as well. Now, if they could
also gain control of the Judicial Branch as well, then that would
make them the rulers of the country by anyone's definition.

Oh guess what! Ninety percent of all the Justices who served on
the United States Supreme Court come from the upper class. Those
that did not come from the upper class become the upper class when
they become Justices by virtue ( if that's the right word )of the
high salaries and perks and pensions they get in their new jobs.
And the wonderful new friends they get to make soaring the higher
circles of Washington DC.

The entire government is pretending there is nothing wrong with
the President prosecuting a war that doesn't exist.

This is what you get from a government made up almost entirely
of lawyers who work exclusively for the rich.