OLC: Yes, Our Libya Intervention Counts as “Hostilities”

by Ryan on June 18, 2011

in International Relations,Law,Media Bias,Politics,Stupid government

In a stunning revelation, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) deemed that our military intervention into what is ostensibly a civil war in Libya falls under the jurisdiction of the War Powers Act.  However, in a rare move, the OLC’s findings were apparently overruled by the Obama Administration, which went lawyer shopping in order to justify the contrary.

If our intervention in Libya constitutes “hostilities” (which it clearly does), then the War Powers Act stipulates that operations should have ended on May 20, sixty days after the “days not weeks” operation began, without specific Congressional approval, which seems very unlikely after all this stonewalling.

But, the Obama Administration will continue to fight this, on and off the battlefield.  Generally, if they don’t approve of a law, they tend not to enforce it — the War Powers Act, DOMA, the borders, etc.  It will be interesting to see how Congress reacts after this new revelation.

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