Virginia Beach man sues President Obama over U.S. airstrikes against ISIS

Posted at 11:35 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 23:35:42-04

Norfolk, Va. -  A Virginia Beach man is suing President Obama, claiming U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria violated the Constitution.

Bill Kearon filed the lawsuit on Sept. 29 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. "I'm not doing this because I'm against President Obama. I'm doing this because I'm for the constitution," Kearon told NewsChannel 3. "The goal is the court says Congress has the power to order military action. That's all I want."

Kearon says he's conservative, but doesn't call himself a Republican.

This is the second time he's sued the president. In June, he filed a lawsuit, claiming the 2011 military action in Libya violated the Constitution. A judge dismissed the case, saying Kearon didn't meet a two year statute of limitations.

Kearon has spent nearly $1000 in this legal battle. It cost $400 to file the suit. "I'm not rich, but for $400 bucks, it's worth it to me," he said.

Shortly after the strikes began in September, the President sent a letter to Congress, explaining his authority. The suit has been sent to the U.S. Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Norfolk. They have 60 days to respond or ask for a dismissal.