by Peter Freyne
Says Fisher in a statement being released today at a Statehouse presser and also being released nationally by the Liberty Tree Foundation:
"It is clear that the mission that Congress authorized no longer exists. The President has no current or permanentlegal authority to keep Guard members in Iraq. The Governor asCommander-in-Chief of the Vermont National Guard should take necessarysteps to bring them home."
Statement of purpose: This bill addresses limits to theconstitutional and statutory authority of the President to federalizeand deploy the Vermont National Guard in Iraq; declares that theauthority for that deployment has terminated; requests that actions betaken to terminate federalization and bring troops back to Vermont asmembers of the Vermont national guard; and reaffirms that Vermontnational guard members be limited to service on behalf of the state ofVermont, unless properly and lawfully called into federal service.
[Took the picture last Valentine's Day.]