At the same time that Northeast was buried under 29 inches of snow, politicians were huddled together in the White House, working on a questionable proposal. The AUMF or Authorization for Use of Military Force bill, written by Sen Lindsay Graham R-S.C. The proposal is supposed to be a tool in the arsenal to fight ISIS, but can be used to deploy military forces in cases such as winter storm Jonas. According to a Conservative Tribune article, the proposal: “would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography.”
White House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY is working alongside Graham and other politicians to get the AUMF signed into law. Immediately after President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address of his term, supporters of extreme use of force such as martial law, got to work on this proposal. According to Defense News, former presidential candidate and proponent of this proposal Lindsey Graham said “If our Democratic friends don’t want to give this president and other presidents the ability to go after ISIS without limitation to geography, time and means, be on the record. … If you don’t understand that these guys are moving all around the world and they’re hitting us here at home, then you’re making a mistake.”
Last Friday, martial law was enforced in NYC due to inclement, hazardous weather conditions. Residents of NYC were hit with a storm of the century and a warning from the NYPD: “After 2:30PM and you’re on the road, we will arrest you.” The Twitter message was sent out Friday night and enforced through this morning at 7:00AM.The NYPD called the action that restricted residents to their homes a “travel ban.” It has since been lifted and the clean up has started. Several officials from different New York precincts responded to the travel ban on Twitter, saying that it was for residents’ own protection.
Critics of this strong action want a better checks and balances systems when it comes to giving any president “absolute power” to deploy the U.S. military whenever and wherever they wish. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits certain uses of the military on domestic soil. In 2009, former president George Bush tried to push through a bill through the Senate that would have voided provisions of the Posse Comitatus Act, but his bill was repealed. On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which gives authority to hold prisoner any ‘covered’ person who participates in acts of terrorism. To limit the absolute power given to the president, the following statement was added:”Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.”