Posts Tagged executive power

President Caps Military Pay

From MOAA:

On August 29, President Obama sent a letter notifying Congress that he is using his authority under law to cap the active duty military pay raise at 1 percent in 2015.

Typically the active duty pay raise is determined by private sector wage growth, measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI). The ECI calls for a 1.8 percent pay raise in 2015.

However, the President has executive authority to make an alternative pay adjustment if he considers it necessary due to national emergency or economic concerns.

Is there a national emergency or economic crises that I didn’t know about?

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DoD Instruction 3025.21 Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies

DOD has issued a statement on when the military may act in concert with law enforcement.

Full text here.


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Government Can Kill You If It Thinks You May Commit A Crime In The Future

From Time’s Battleland Blog:

For now, the only club whose membership can earn you such a “pre-crime-sentence” is al-Qaeda, but how many dangerous organizations (you tell me where to put the sarcastic quotation marks on that phrase) will be added to this list in the years and decades ahead?

Ask yourself that, Mr. Obama.

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President Attempts To Bypass Watergate Era Spying Laws

From Wired’s Threat Level:

The Obama administration is set to argue to a federal appeals court Friday(today) that the government may breach, with impunity, domestic spying laws adopted in the wake of President Richard M. Nixon’s Watergate scandal.

The case tests whether Americans may seek recourse or monetary damages when a sitting U.S. president bypasses Congress’s ban on warrantless spying on Americans — in this instance when President George W. Bush authorized his secret, warrantless domestic spying program in the aftermath of the September 2001 terror attacks.

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