Thom Hartmann & Charles Rangel: Is perpetual war about to become law?
The House Amed Services Committee recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act - a bill that authorizes funding to the Department of Defense and the Constitution requires must be passed at least every two years. And buried deep within the bill - in Section 1034 - there's a provision that reads: "Congress affirms that - the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens...the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict...pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force...until the termination of hostilities." In other words - it lets the President commit our nation to endless war until every single terrorist is dead. And if Obama doesn't want to take advantage of it, you can bet if we get another Bush into office, he will. The ACLU calls the provision: " single biggest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history."