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General News    H1'ed 5/24/13

Endless War Is a Real Scandal

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America's State of Permanent Global War Approaches 12th Anniversary

 

 

By William Boardman

 

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AUMF is the law under which the United States wages permanent war.
AUMF is the law under which the United States wages permanent war.
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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 has grown way out of proportion and is no longer applicable to the conditions that prevailed, that motivated the United States Congress to pass the authorization for the use of military force that we did in 2001."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.  

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