America's State of
Permanent Global War Approaches 12th Anniversary
By William Boardman
The Militant American Empire Doesn't Need Any More AUMF
On September 14, 2001, the Congress authorized the President to wage unfettered, permanent war against pretty much anyone the President, in his sole discretion, deemed related to the 9/11 attacks and any future attacks. On September 18, 2001, President Bush signed this authorization into law.
This came as an apparent surprise to some senators,
including John McCain, the Arizona Republican who voted for the initial
authorization: "This authority ...
has grown way out of proportion and is no longer applicable to the conditions
that prevailed, that motivated the United States Congress to pass the
authorization for the use of military force that we did in 2001."
Also expressing surprise was Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, who joined the Bush administration in the summer of 2002, serving in the Defense Department's General Counsel office and later in the Justice Department, where his work in the Office of Legal Counsel contributed to, but failed to mitigate the administration's "legalization" of torture. This failure contributed to his resignation in June 2004.