marque and reprisal

mkr-milly-deactivated20160604  asked:

You had a reply with Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution earlier, and I was wondering if legally, the President can still grant Letters of Marque, even with Congresses's approval?

I do think Letters of Marque could be even more effective today than they were when during the writing of the US Constitution, but the US hasn’t practiced this since 1815 and follows a Paris treaty of 1856, which it never officially signed, outlawing the practice. So it is still legal for the United State to do.

Ron Paul introduced legislation in 2001 to restart their usage in efforts to combat terrorism.

This would be a perfect way to combat ISIS or another non-state terrorist group. The United States could issue a letter of marque or similar broader contracts. PMC’s could compete for contract or eliminate targets designated by congress; the leader of ISIS for example. They bring him in alive or dead, there’s no risk to US military personnel and the PMC gets a nice lump of cash.

On June 18, 1812 the United States officially declares war on the “United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland”

AN ACT declaring war between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof and the United States of America and their territories.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that war be, and the same is hereby declared to exist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America and their territories; and that the President of the United States is hereby authorized to use the whole land and naval force of the United States to carry the same into effect, and to issue to private armed vessels of the United States commissions or letters of marque and general reprisal, in such form as he shall think proper, and under the seal of the United States, against the vessels, goods, and effects of the government of the said United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the subjects thereof

Approved, June 18, 1812

James Madison