August 12, 2013
The escalation of drone strikes in Yemen, presumably in response to the ongoing Al Qaeda threat, and other technology-based military options could fuel calls to re-write laws that govern such actions to give Congress greater oversight over the administration’s remote-controlled warfare.
“Some of these campaigns by the administration clearly constitute an act of war,” said Jonathan Turley, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School.
To date, the administration has claimed broad latitude in its authority to launch limited military operations — including drone strikes — without congressional authorization. There’s no indication this time will be any different.