In the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress rushed to provide the Bush administration with the tools to wage a “war on terror.” One piece of legislation, that you can help repeal, remains the law of the land today. Since its passing, it has been used to authorize:
- U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan;
- U.S. unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen;
- indefinite detentions;
- significant increases in military spending; and
- extravagant and ineffective spending of tens of billions of tax dollars on so-called intelligence.
That legislation, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, was signed into law on September 18, 2001. Nine years later, the evidence is in: War is (still) not the answer. Yet, the Obama administration continues to use that congressional authorization to justify drone attacks, and it could provide the legal basis for new wars in the future.
Repealing the Authorization
Congress should repeal this law. Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) has introduced legislation that would do just that. Her bill, H.R. 6282, states:
“Congress finds that the Authorization for Use of Military Force…signed into law on September 18, 2001, has been used to justify a broad and open-ended authorization for the use of military force andsuch an interpretation is inconsistent with the authority of Congress to declare war and make all laws for executing powers vested by the Constitutionin the Government of the United States.”
You can help to persuade 100 members of Congress to cosponsorRep. Lee’s repeal of the authorization for the use of force for the “war on terror.” A hundred cosponsors will increase the chances that the next Congress will act to stop the “endless war.”
Asking your congressperson to cosponsor Rep. Lee’s repeal also provides you with an opening to speak with your representative about why providing the president – any president – with a blank check for war is a bad idea and how the evidence of the past nine years makes a compelling case that war is not the answer.
Please urge your representative to cosponsor Barbara Lee’s legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the use of military force.
Ask five friends to do the same.
Read Barbara Lee’s full statement on this legislation.
Read a statement from Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) supporting this initiative.
- Rep. Barbara Lee: Ten Years Too Long in Afghanistan (huffingtonpost.com)
- Time to repeal Congress’ blank check on wars (sfgate.com)
- U.S. plans uncertain as war enters 10th year (seattletimes.nwsource.com)