A lawsuit by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch seeks to block Barack Obama’s dangerous treaty with Iran from being unconstitutionally ratified through a Congressional law that surrendered power to Obama.
The lawsuit by Florida citizen Klayman names his U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and Congressman Patrick Murphy, who all voted for the bill, and Obama who signed it into law. These representatives acted in disregard of their obligations to uphold the U.S. Constitution the filing asserts. Rubio is even raising money opposing the treaty although he voted for the bill that makes it possible.
The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case No. 9:15-cv-81023) is posted at www.FreedomWatchUSA.org. Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2, of the U.S. Constitution empowers a president to make a treaty only if two-thirds of the U.S. Senate votes to ratify it. A president is delegated no other power in the Constitution, outside that procedure, to make any other form of international agreement.
But the “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act” (“INARA”) signed on May 22, 2015, violates the Constitution by changing the method for ratifying treaties, who ratifies treaties, and the minimum vote required. INARA automatically ratifies Obama’s Iran treaty if Congress does not act and creates new timetables. INARA requires both houses to agree on a “joint resolution of disapproval” rather than two-thirds of the Senate to ratify. INARA, though unclear, appears to give the President veto power over a “joint resolution,” thereby requiring three-quarters of both houses to override Obama’s veto.
Klayman asserts the Defendants gave away the carefully-crafted protections of the U.S. Constitution meant to preserve the liberties and “provide for the common defense” of American citizens. Obama’s Iran treaty will release $150 billion in assets frozen after Iran’s acts of war in 1979 and repeatedly thereafter. INARA removes restrictions on oil sales and business. Iran will be flush with cash that will finance terrorism against the United States, Europe, and Israel and finance unrestricted development of nuclear weapons.
This agreement, Klayman argues, will existentially endanger not only Israel but Europe and the United States. Moreover, only a few years ago, the Iranian people almost overthrew Iran’s totalitarian government. Removing the economic pressures of sanctions frustrates the hopes of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy.
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