Matt Southworth - Afghanistan, Libya, War, Obama... / Shahid Buttar - PATRIOT Act - Memorial Day
Matt Southworth - Legislative Associate, Foreign Policy at FCNL - Afghanistan, Libya, War, Obama... / Shahid Buttar - executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee - PATRIOT Act - Memorial Day
Matt Southworth is legislative associate for foreign policy for the Friends
Committee on National Legislation. He said today: "In an effort led by Rep.
John Conyers, Congress will today debate an amendment which would prohibit
funding for the deployment of U.S. ground troops in Libya (Amendment # 61).
Congress has not authorized U.S. involvement Libya. The War Powers
Resolution provision presently being misused by the Obama administration to
authorize U.S. involvement in Libya expired on May 19. This debate marks
the first time Congress will debate U.S. engagement in Libya. War in
Afghanistan will also be debated with several amendments including
requiring a plan for leaving (#55), no permanent bases (#117) and a large
withdrawal and reorientation of forces to conduct counterterrorism
operations (#56). The NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] is the
authorizing vehicle for all Pentagon spending, which will total over $700
billion in FY 2012."
Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC)
in our efforts to defend civil liberties, constitutional rights, and
rule of law principles threatened by the war on terror. Previously
director of a national program to combat racial and religious profiling
by federal authorities, an associate director of the American
Constitution Society, and a litigator in private practice with a public
interest docket, Buttar received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in
2003, where he served as executive editor of the Stanford
Environmental Law Journal and as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s teaching
assistant for Constitutional Law.
Buttar’s comments have been featured by news outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, al-Jazeera, FOX News, Agence-France Presse, Huffington Post, Truthout, Democracy Now!, and many others, including dozens of radio stations around the country.