Stark suit to stop war in Vietnam_1973
made Vietnam June to on had am in Suits Challenge U. S. Presence In Cambodia SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Two Two California congressmen filed separate soils Wednesday in US. District Court seeking to halt U.S. combat operations in Cambodia in the absence of congressional inthoriution. Democratic Reps. Fortney H. Stark Jr. and Ron DeUums filed the suits against the secretaries of defense, Air Force and Navy. Their suits asked the court Ui declare that engaging in cont- bat operations in Cambodia violates violates the section of the U.S. Constitution which states that Congress has the right to decide whether the United States will fight a war which is neither the immediate repulsion of an attack nor a grave emergency during which Congress cannot art. BOTH CONTENDED that continuing violation of the Constitution and other laws impairs their rights as congressmen to participate in the decision on war and to represent the interests and views of constituents to the best of their ability. They also want preliminary and permanent injunctions to prevent the executive branch from committing American military forces to combat in Cambodia, conducting bombing in Cambodia, or otherwise engaging in warfare in Cambodia without prior authorization by Congress. Both actions contend that current military operations in Cambodia have not been conducted conducted "lo protect American troops.safeguard withdrawal of American troops," secure the release of American prisoners or secure an accounting of missing American servicemen. Stark's suit said Ihc military activities "constitute 'war' within the meaning of the Constitution."