Washington Post: Obama administration lawlessness: the top five

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There was a time when I wanted to like Obama. I knew it was unlikely that I’d ever agree with him on much, but I wanted to be able to think the best of him.

That was a long time ago now.

By the way, I can think of dozens of other examples. Many of them are archived on this website.

(From The Washington Post)

1. Refusing to comply with the War Powers Act when bombing Libya (and later the Islamic State). The Obama administration made the ridiculous argument, rejected by the lawyers at both the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (an executive branch division that advises the president on legal issues) and the Defense Department, that bombing the heck out of Libya did not constitute “hostilities” under the act, and therefore the act was not implicated. This argument was championed by State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh, who had argued years earlier that the War Powers Act was implicated when U.S. jets bombed Libya once during the Reagan administration.

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