"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Obama sends drones into Syrian airspace

"Obey your King."
  • Our Great King has already made unconstitutional wars in Libya, Yemen and now in Iraq without a word of debate or a vote of Congress.  Now he is preparing for war in Syria.
  • Once again, the "small government" GOP is either silent about this rape of the Constitution or is eagerly cheering on the growth of an American Monarchy.

Obama's Pentagon is moving to send surveillance aircraft, including drones, into Syrian airspace to gather intelligence on the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

"The Pentagon is preparing to conduct reconnaissance flights over Syria," a senior U.S. official told the Journal. "There is no decision yet to do strikes, but in order to help make that decision, you want to get as much situational awareness as possible."

Officials said they could start flying missions over eastern Syria shortly. Those missions could lay the groundwork for a possible expansion of U.S. strikes into Syria.

Earlier this month, President Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq to target ISIS which threatened to capture the Kurdish capital city of Erbil. Many lawmakers, though, have pressed the administration to expand those strikes to target the group in Syria, where ISIS has a stronger foothold.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday said that Obama has not made any decision on U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

Officials told the Journal that Syrian air-defense systems in the east of the country likely won't pose a threat to U.S. aircraft. The Syrian air sensors are either sparsely located or inoperable.

Any U.S. drone flights would be entering Syrian airspace without authorization from the regime of Bashar Assad, who has been fighting ISIS and more pro-Western rebel groups.

The information gathered by the flights would add to intelligence provided by satellites and other sources, the officials added.

Read more: The Hill.

"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure."

George Washington

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