US airstrikes on Syria illegal without congressional authorisation, says ACLU

By agency reporter
April 14, 2018

Following President Trump's announcement that he had launched missile strikes against Syria, Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, gave this reaction:

“This military action is illegal. In the face of constitutional law barring hostile use of force without congressional authorisation, and international law forbidding unilateral use of force except in self-defence, President Trump has unilaterally launched strikes against a country that has not attacked us — and without any authorisation from Congress. Doing so violates some of the most important legal constraints on the use of force.”

*More on the need for congressional permission  here

* American Civil Liberties Union


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