The leading excuse for current U.S. wars, drone strikes, kill lists, renditions, imprisonments without trial, spying without warrants, the militarization of police, and gargantuan weapons budgets is the legal and rhetorical idea that the United States is involved in a war unbounded by time or space.
While it took 6 years to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that was used to justify war in Southeast Asia, after more than 11 years the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- the congressional resolution that launched the "war on terror" -- has not been repealed.
Click here to tell Congress enough is enough!
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who cast the only vote against the AUMF in 2001, has introduced a bill to repeal it.
H.R.198 would repeal the AUMF for two reasons: because Congress is Constitutionally bound to decide matters of war and cannot legally hand off that responsibility to its executive, and because Congresswoman Lee's somber predictions, when she stood alone against this madness and was subsequently obliged to hire security protection, have been proved right: the Authorization has been used and abused to an ever greater extent as an aggrandizement of executive power and a justification for the erosion of our civil liberties.
Please ask your Representative to co-sponsor and your Senators to do the same by clicking here. You can also view a short video of Rep. Lee's prescient and powerful remarks in 2001.
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H.R.198: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force