TRUMP SUED BY WATCHDOG TO DISCOVER “LEGAL” REASONS FOR HIS ATTACK ON SYRIA

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United to Protect Democracy (UPD) is an advocacy group whose introductory web page describes it as a “nonpartisan nonprofit” organization established to hold the President of the United States accountable “to the laws and longstanding practices that have protected our democracy through both Democratic and Republican Administrations”.  Like other organizations around the world, it sees its overall purpose as one guarding against authoritarianism and tyranny.

The governing board of UPD is made up of former Obama Administration attorneys led by legal director, Justin Florence.  They have just filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration demanding he cough up all e-mails, memoranda, advisory opinions and/or anything which could be viewed as legal argumentation justifying the April 7, 2017 attack on the Syrian Airbase at Al-Shu’ayraat southeast of Homs City.  These suits are normally filed after legal requests are made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which are rejected or ignored.  We are assuming from Mr. Trumps pattern of behavior that the requests were ignored.

The background to this legal brouhaha is an event which took place in the Alqaeda-controlled town of Khaan Shaykhoon in Idlib Province, Syria.  It was alleged, almost uniformly by compromised Western media, that the Syrian Air Force used Sarin gas (or something similar) indiscriminately killing over 80 civilians.  Without even a scintilla of evidence from objective sources, the Western propaganda organs like the BBC, CNN, NBC, inter alia, attempted to whip up a frenzied reaction in the streets of Washington D.C., London, Paris and Berlin to ignite some punishing reaction to President Assad’s encroachment over the red line which former president Obama drew in one famous statement to the Press.  The airbase was selected because of some unexplained method by which either the CIA or Pentagon determined that the Sarin gas loaded on Syrian bombers came from Al-Shu’ayraat.  Let’s forget that the base was primarily a repair-replace facility.  Let’s forget that 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched on the base and that only 23 made it to their target.  And let’s forget what the target might have been because the only damage done was to one hangar and 6 inoperable MiG23s.

In a post we published on SyrPer, we exposed the nonsensical nature of the charges against the Syrian government.  You remember the side-splitting scene of a man smoking a cigarette as masked “White Helmet” terrorists fiddled at the spot of the Sarin gas attack completely indifferent to the fact that Sarin gas is not dispelled by cigarette smoke.  And you also remember the man holding his two fake dead babies and who turned out to be a member of Alqaeda.

The United States Senate ratified the United Nations Charter on July 28, 1945 thus making the charter law in this country.  Its provisions have the same force as any statute and binds the U.S. to the obligations and duties spelled out in the body of the document.  The U.N. Charter defines exactly when a country may use force against another.  In Article 2 section 4, it provides that all states shall refrain from the threat of force or the use of force against another member state.  And if the state has an argument to use force it must take the matter to the Security Council in accordance with Chapter VII’s requirements.  Since Mr. Trump decided to use force 3 days after the incident at Khaan Shaykhoon, without consulting the Security Council, he was in violation of both American and international law.  On this issue, it is a no-brainer.

But, Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution of the United States gives the sitting president the power to engage in hostile action only with the consent of Congress.   He declined to seek Congress’ approval, unlike former President Obama’s blink in 2013 when the lies about Syrian Army use of CW were spreading in the MSM and poor Mr. Obama simply had no proof and could not bypass a Russian veto.  So, he took the matter to Congress who rejected the use of force against Syria.  At least his conduct was legal.

The U.S. Constitution is further buttressed by the War Powers Resolution passed on November 7, 1973 when an American population and Congress, aggrieved by a war in Vietnam’s jungles, sought to put limits on a president’s ability to send troops into war unilaterally.  President Nixon tried to veto the legislation unsuccessfully.   This is usually referred to as the “War Powers Act”.  50 U.S.C. Chapter 33.

“The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and after every such introduction shall consult regularly with the Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in hostilities or have been removed from such situations.”

Since the President could not argue that Syria’s alleged action threatened the United States in accordance with Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, he would be hard pressed to find any justification for his criminal act against Syria.  And, given the fact he took military action without even a fig leaf of legality, it would seem this president is on the slow lane to impeachment.  The lawsuit filed by UPD only seeks the divulgence of any articulated legal reason for Trump’s inane and possibly unlawful aggression against Damascus.  Given what we know about Trump’s style of shooting from the hip, it is very unlikely there will be any academically valid articulation of his ill-advised foray into Syria.

And, you know, there is a third argument which is not being brought up sufficiently.  Mr. Trump fired 59 Tomahawks at the airbase in Syria. That cost the U.S. an estimated $100,000,000 dollars in order to inflict damage to the Syrian military in the amount of $2,000,000.  This president claims to be an economical Wunderkind of sorts.  Well, do the figuring.

 

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Law makers are entitled to be the law breakers….at least thats how the west sees it.

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Yes I saw that. Perhaps it is good that Trump is unpopular with the bitter liberal establishment and he will be held accountable. We don’t want the US bombing the Middle East. Libya was a disgrace and so was Iraq.

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Unlike Mr Trump, I love legal arguments. Well done, Mr Ziad. Thanks.

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Trump boasted that his attack on Syria was after dinner entertainment , Clearly the sick Anglo-Zionist scum running America has now graduated to attacking sovereign countries and murdering innocent people as ENTERTAINMENT. Trump is now impeachable as he has relegated government and the military to Kushner, Mattis and MacMaster, Nobody in America voted for MACmASTER , MATTIS OR kUSHNER, under American constitutional laws , the president is the Commander in Chief, Not his son in Law or his hired hands, and certainly not his daughter. That Ivanka Trump can can request and recieve military strikes on a sovereign country means… Read more »

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Moscow Victory Parade May 9

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Certainly Canadians, Australians, Europeans and Americans have played down the sacrifices made by the Russians in defeating Hitler.

While we are on the subject of Nazis and with the retirement of a prominent member of the Royal Family, what I have been saying all along.

https://www.infowars.com/the-real-prince-philip-exposed/

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When reporters shouted questions to Lavrov about Comey, he responded sarcastically.

“Was he fired?” Lavrov said. “You’re kidding! You’re kidding!”

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This attack is insignificant compared to what the US Airforce did in Der Ezzor, this was just a distraction for some reason. US support for the headchoppers has decreased, was this just slight of hand to deceive CIA/MOSSAD. Something else is going on.

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Given the number of times Obama violated the US Constitution and UN Charter, it’s laughingly ironic that the organization suing Trump consists of Obamaite lawyers.

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Whats the point of this article ? Everyone knows that all of the ZioAmerican adventures , since WW2, are not authorized by congress, and therefore illegal. Its like stating the obvious. They’re all basically war crimes.

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In the recent Victory celebrations, four Russian Special Forces officers wer awarded high state medals for the actions in Syria, The leader awarded Hero of Russia.

The story of their actions in detailed in this report. It is worth reading the article in full to appreciate the Russian SF efforts. It does give interesting details on the depth of their involvement and the difficiulties of dealing with shahid-mbobiles (VBIEDs).

https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/bmpd.livejournal.com/2601965.html

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i guess there is nothing better to talk about in the news that you have to bring this witch hunt up,,you think this group cares about syria or simply going after trump for political reasons? and nothing will come from this anyways,,let us talk about what syria plans to do about the western forces along the jordan border or the iraqi border or how about isis moving from raqqa to der el zoor as they hand that entire area to us/kurds or what you gonna do about these ever expanding kurds whom are now being armed by the us?

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The Plan.. The spoiler is the darn Ruskies party poopers..

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Trumph meets with Lavrov.. The ???? $$$$

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According to reports first shipment of heavy weapons were delivered by the Trump administration for the YPG in Qamishlo.

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For a president who claims to put the US first, second and third, Tee-Rump acts like the ff-ing takfiri candy man…

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Trump seems crazy. Clinton was impeached, no big deal. No rule of law in the US, anyway. Watch the medical system crashing, the retail crashing, the housing crashing. Syria will look solvent in another two years when the US is wrecked. Putin plays hockey and laughs.

Who’s the winner here? NOT the US.

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The psysops are very silently lately. So they are preparing something against Syria once more. Be on your guard!

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Nice job discussing the legal aspects, Ziad. But then, you’re a lawyer, I believe. Clearly, the FOIAs and suits are useless except to publicize the illegality. I would fully support impeachment, for which the legal justification is obvious without FOIAs and suits, but I only support impeachment for the sole count of violating the Constitution and “War Powers Act.” I do not support impeachment if not for that sole count. Once again, here’s the interview of Dr. Theodore Karasik. In addition to other comments I’ve made on the 5/10 thread, I note that he inanely implies Russia gave tacit approval… Read more »

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Thank you Ziad. I will take United to Protect Democracy seriously when UPD is less selective in their dealings with a POTUS who breaks the UN charter or the Constitution of the United States. Every POTUS since 1945 is a war criminal. What is important with this challenge by UPD is who replaces President Trump and what direction will the administration head? We are witnessing an unprecedented civil war in politics in Washington. The chaos we are seeing in the current administration is not necessarily a bad thing. I remember one thing Mark Selboda said on Crosstalk shortly after Donald… Read more »

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Judging by SyrianMilitary comments on Facebook, there’s a news blackout at present. They do however seem to be warning of some bad news in the pipeline; and something about Operation Lavender.

That could explain Ziad’s possible reticence. I’m happy to wait.

Meanwhile, Elijah has talked of partition for some time, but I really see that as the Western game plan that Syria has been fighting against with remarkable success. Long may it continue.

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A recent article from Al Masdar. “Over 100 Kurdish troops killed in one day by coordinated ISIS raids across Raqqa” https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/100-kurdish-troops-killed-one-day-coordinated-isis-raids-across-raqqa/ The Kurds and their “SDF” have taken very high casualties in almost all of their operations in Syria. Huge losses for Manbij, and to retake Tabaka they lost as many as they killed. I keep wondering how the Americans were able to convince the Kurds to take such high casualty rates. They know that they will not get to keep Tabaka, Rakka etc.. Are they brainwashed? On captagon? What have the Americans done to make them be their obedient… Read more »

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Furthermore, many of these Kurds are not of Syrian origin, but fled Turkey last century after several failed uprisings against that state. “This is conquest masquerading as liberation,” says Assyrian writer Max Joseph, who explains how KDP Peshmerga forces disarmed Assyrian Christians and Yezidis two weeks before ISIS invaded in August 2014, then retreated from their promise to protect those populations just as ISIS entered Sinjar and the Nineveh Plains. “By disarming and disabling communities who live in territories the Kurdish leadership have designs on controlling, then letting a ready-made aggressive foreign force invade and uproot native communities, forcing them… Read more »

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But with Russians and American soldiers both also involved, and on opposing sides. It means there is a good chance Syrian soldiers with embedded Russian specialists will soon be pouring into area where Syrian rebels with embedded US soldiers are active as well. What happens then?

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As ISIS collapses near Jirah airbase and as expected retreated from it from the last open ground they had, the following villages were also liberated and soon to be announced by the Syrian MoD. Jirah airbase jirah saghir Al-Duroubiyah Kabira Atira Jarah Kabir Jabal Baylan Huge pressure at : Mazyounat al-Humur Tell Hassan Nafi’iyah Cattle farms This was ISIS first line of defense and they were well prepared, it collapsed as fast as 2-3 days, which mau indicate the Maskaneh plains campaign will be a quick. ISIS has tried, in vain, to attack Khanaser road to divert troops, yesterday and… Read more »

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