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CIA Director Leon Panetta, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be secretary of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that he believes the president can unilaterally use military force, without congressional authorization to “protect our national interests.”
Panetta’s claim of broad unilateral presidential power to initiate U.S. military action absent an attack or imminent threat to the United States came in response to a question from Sen. John McCain—who said he agreed with Panetta.
The U.S. is now involved militarily in Libya even though Congress has never authorized that involvement.
Originally posted by Homedawg
that act is all well and good until it gives power to a loose cannon...like it is being done here
Originally posted by Humint1
The President has had the authority but limited to full out wars, incidents involving American citizens abroad including embassy personnel etc and not the authority to send in troops ONLY because doing so would be in the "best interetss" of the nation. The full Presidential Powers Act is lengthly and a good read for those who have an intrest in such reading. There are many contradictions that the lay person will read but those contradictions when interpreted by an attorney provide the loopholes for the President to act. They are inserted specifically for that purpose. It is cleverly written.edit on 6/14/2011 by Humint1 because: clarify