posted on Feb, 13 2003 @ 02:23 PM
Group to file suit challenging Bush's authority to declare war
By Bipasha Ray, Associated Press, 2/12/2003 21:18
BOSTON (AP) President Bush does not have the authority to launch a military invasion of Iraq without a congressional declaration of war, according to
a lawsuit expected to be filed in federal court in Boston on Thursday.
Six members of Congress, three U.S. servicemen and the parents of other U.S. military personnel said on Wednesday they would file the lawsuit that
claims any U.S. invasion of Iraq without congressional authority would be unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs, led by U.S. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, claim that the congressional declaration on Iraq last October
did not specifically declare war and unlawfully gave Bush the right to make that decision, attorney John Bonifaz said.
The lawsuit will cite historical records, including the Constitutional Convention and the Federalist papers, that show framers of the constitution
wanted to retain war-declaring powers within the Congress, Bonifaz said.
''They sought to ensure that the president of this country would not have the power of European monarchs to wage war; that should rest only with the
elected body of Congress,'' Bonifaz said. ''President Bush is not a king.''
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