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Bill To Prevent Trump Nuclear Strike

By Charlotte Robinson, January 25, 2017
While Trump has been attempting to destroy America by signing executive orders Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-California) & Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) reintroduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act to Congress. The bill would prohibit President Trump from launching a nuclear first strike without a Congressional declaration of war & is endorsed by the international Global Zero movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Rep. Ted Lieu stated, “Our Constitution created a government based on checks & balances & gave the power to declare war solely to the people’s representatives. A nuclear first strike, which can kill hundreds of millions of people & invite a retaliatory strike that can destroy America, is war. The current nuclear launch approval process, which gives the decision to potentially end civilization as we know it to a single individual, is flatly unconstitutional.” Derek Johnson, Executive Director of Global Zero stated, “In the wake of the presidential election, the American people are more concerned than ever about the terrible prospect of nuclear war & what the next commander-in-chief will do with the proverbial ‘red button.’ One modern nuclear weapon is more destructive than all of the bombs detonated in World War II combined yet there is no check on a president’s ability to launch the thousands of nuclear weapons at his command. His power to do so is absolute. Within 5 minutes of giving the order, these civilization-ending missiles would fire from underground silos & hurtle across the Earth at roughly 22 times the speed of sound. There would be no take-backs. They would hit their target cities in 30 minutes or less. That such devastating power is concentrated in one person is an affront to America’s founding principles. The proposed legislation is an important first step to reining in this autocratic system & making the world safer from nuclear catastrophe.”
For More Info: globalzero.org

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