The Uncredible Impeachable President
June 3, 2014 • 8:51PM

In the Bergdahl Case, Obama Again Rips Up Constitution

Section Eight of Article One of the U.S. Constitution, in enumerating the powers of Congress, states explictly that they include the powers "To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." That is yet another portion of the Constitution that former constitutional law prof Obama has chosen to shred, by the regime's arranging the release of Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, behind the back of the U.S. Congress.

Last Dec. 26, Obama signed the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act, which had been passed by Congress. Section 1035(d) of that act says that the Executive must give Congress at least 30 days notice of its intent to release prisoners before doing so. Yet not even House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers nor Senate Committee chair Dianne Feinstein were given any advance notice. In fact, Rogers said, the last time the administration met with Congress on Bergdahl, in 2011, its idea for a prisoner swap was met with opposition from both parties in both chambers. "They pitched that at the time as a confidence-builder into negotiating a peace agreement," Rogers told CNN. "And so, clearly, that doesn't jibe with what they've just been saying."

House and Senate Rejected Taliban/Bergdahl Swap — in 2011!

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has exposed the fact that Congress had specifically rejected — in 2011 — the idea of a POW/Taliban prisoners swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The rejection came after the Congress had carefully considered the details that were presented to the relevant committees.

"There were very strong views and they were virtually unanimous against the trade," Feinstein said, according to The Hill, June 3rd. In an article that shows that the 2011 rejection of the POW/Taliban swap was bi-partisan, The Hill reported:

"Feinstein also said leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence panels were almost unanimously against a prisoner trade when it came up in 2011.

"She said the chairmen and ranking Republicans of the connected committees spent a lot of time in 2011 reviewing the possibility of a prisoner swap and came out firmly opposed to releasing senior militants from ... Guantanamo Bay."

Obama Adopts Schellnhuber Depopulation Plan

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) issued its "Clean Power Plan" assault on coal yesterday, which dictates that states must produce schemes by 2016, to drastically cut carbon emissions from power plants overall by 30% (from 2005 levels), which is an exercise in madness according to the June, 2013, Obama decree, titled, "The President's Climate Action Plan." That document stated, "President Obama is putting forward a broad-based plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health." Prior to this week's anti-coal salvo, there were other Obama announcements, such as the March, anti-methane hit on livestock production.

This constitutes a "bail-in" expropriation of the very means of existence of the nation—power, food, fuel, water.

Obama, in Poland, Threatens Russia Again

Obama arrived in Poland, today, just as NATO's defense ministers meeting was getting underway in Brussels, and in time for the 25th anniversary of Poland's first democratic elections, during which he will meet with other eastern European leaders, among them Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Upon arrival, Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski reviewed U.S. and Polish F-16's lined up for the occasion at the airport in Warsaw, and then Obama issued a new threat against Russia.

He said:"We have prepared economic costs on Russia that can escalate if we continue to see Russia actively destabilizing one of its neighbors...Mr. Putin has a choice to make." Komorowski fully agreed, saying that certain countries to the east of NATO are dealing with Russian aggression once again. "A few years ago, it was Georgia; now, it is Ukraine, with a special focus on Crimea," he said.

Obama Wants a Billion Dollars More for US Forces in Europe

President Obama, after getting off his plane in Poland and reviewing US and Polish F-16's, announced that he wants Congress to fund a new "European Reassurance Initiative," to pay for increased U.S. military deployments to eastern Europe. The cost of "reassuring" NATO members in Eastern Europe as well as non-NATO members Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova that we'll defend them against an "aggressive" Russia, is to be $1 billion in fiscal year 2015. Obama declared that European security is the "cornerstone of our own security, and it is sacrosanct," and, he said with the F-16's arrayed behind him, "It is a commitment that is particularly important at this time." He then cynically claimed that the troop buildup in Eastern Europe was not meant to threaten Russia, but "rebuilding trust may take some time."