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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE ACLU: Bush Violates War Powers Act; Congress Must Authorize Troops to Saudi Arabia For Immediate Release August 9, 1990 The American Civil Liberties Union said today that President Bush has violated the U.S. Constitution by deploying troops without Congressional authorization to Saudi Arabia to defend against a possible Iraqi attack. "The Constitution states that only Congress can declare war," said Ira Glasser, the executive director of the ACLU. "President Bush should reconvene Congress immediately to get the legal authorization necessary to use the military in the Middle East." The ACLU emphasized that it takes no position on whether troops should be sent to Saudi Arabia. "This is a decision with major longterm consequences for the American public," Mr. Glasser said. "A decision of such import should not be made by the President alone but rather--as our Constitution requires--in consultation with Congress." Gary M. Stern, legislative counsel in the ACLU's Washington national office, said the President's deployment has also triggered the War Powers Resolution because American troops are "in a situation where imminent involvement in hostilities" is a clear possibility. "In this type of situation, Congress has clearly stated that the President must formally report to it and must receive Congressional authorization within 60 days," Mr. Stern said. "Otherwise, the President must remove the troops."

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