We have learned of an exchange of a United States Solider for five terrorists that were in Guantanamo Bay. There has been much discussion as to what course of action might have been established by this exchange, and it is good to have that discussion. However, we are seeing very little debate or discussion concerning Obama and the Marxist/Progressive regime once again telling the American people that the United States Constitution can be “damned.” Obama has once again said he is all three branches of government and the checks and balances of the other two are “dead.”
A law was passed by congress and signed by this executive that requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests. This was and is a valid law that was enacted following the rules put forth in the United States Constitution.
This law was ignored by Obama, who signed it. A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed. When he signed the law last year, Obama issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it. Obama determined that it was under his authority to determine if the law was or was not constitutional since the United States Constitution is dead.
“Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.” Obama determined it was under his authority to determine if and when the law can be ignored since the United States Constitution is dead.
Freedom Loving Americans, are we still a free country or are we indeed a totalitarian state?