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
“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.