Under the pretext of extracting more wealth and personal information from Americans living abroad by smashing all remaining vestiges of privacy, the Obama administration’s Treasury Department is bullying authorities around the world into signing unconstitutional pseudo-treaties with drastic implications for individual rights. Developments in New Zealand, where officials are already jumping onboard the deeply controversial U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) bandwagon, illustrate the problems well.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continues to fight to restore constitutional limits, with his latest endeavor a bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that allowed the U.S. invasion of Iraq — a law which remains on the books two years after the war was declared over by President Obama.
Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were among those blaming President Obama's administration for the capture by al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of territory in Iraq.
During remarks to reporters in Jerusalem on January 5, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will help Iraq’s government in its fight against al-Qaeda-linked militants who have overrun the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi — but that we will not send troops back to Iraq.