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Authorization for Use of Military Force

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Committee Votes To Authorize War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to pass new war authorization legislation for the fight against Islamic State mili...

Jennifer Bendery

Chris Coons Readies Bill To Offset Costs Of War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of a Senate committee vote to authorize military force against Islamic State militants, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is readying an a...

Sometimes Congress Needs a Kick in the A*#

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Even if outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not schedule a floor debate on an AUMF this week, as is likely, at least the Foreign Relations Committee will have gotten the ball rolling by voting and passing a resolution. That's the most Americans can hope for from the 113th Congress.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama, Congress Ready To Leave Washington Without Any Debate On War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers race to get out of Washington next week for the holidays, they're sending a clear message that the role of Congress in auth...

Obama Open To Limits In War Authorization: Aide

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of g...

Michael McAuliff

Let's Not Launch War By Accident, Lawmakers Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most lawmakers appear content to let President Barack Obama set his own course battling the Islamic State, but a growing number are warn...

Amanda Terkel

Operation ____ : Here's Why The U.S. Hasn't Named Its Latest Bombing Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States is currently engaged in a "targeted action" against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama ...

John Boehner Wants To Punt War Vote Until Next Year

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

In theory, when the U.S. deploys forces in military conflicts abroad, Congress is expected to debate and subsequently vote on the matter. Not so with ...

Obama Declares Perpetual War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama's war violates the UN Charter, a treaty the United States has ratified, making it part of U.S. law under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Obama's war also violates the War Powers Resolution, which permits the president to introduce U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities only in three situations.

A New AUMF: What Is the Obama Administration Afraid of?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Either the president needs some new faces in the Office of Legal Counsel, or his team needs to do what many of his allies on Capitol Hill are calling for: Ask Congress to grant new statutory authority for the military campaign against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria. What is the administration afraid of?

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Why Obama Should Ask Congress for an ISIS AUMF

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.

Matt Sledge

Obama Tries To Have It Both Ways On 'Perpetual War' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Echoing the words of critics like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), President Barack Obama promised Thursday to revise and ultimately repeal a 2001 military for...

Congress Rethinking 9/11 Law

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is rethinking the broad authority it gave the president to wage a war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in ...

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Time to Renounce the 'War on Terror'

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The "war on terror" is now engaged in various forms of military intervention in an estimated two-dozen countries, killing and maiming uncounted civilians while creating new enemies.

Republican Wants To Overhaul Controversial Law On Presidential Power

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Wednesday that Congress should overhaul the 2001 authorization fo...

Endless War: Becoming 'the Evil That We Deplore'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Beyond the worthy goal of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force is a need for Congress to cut off appropriations for the "war on terror." A prerequisite: repudiating the lethal mythology of righteous war unbounded by national borders or conceivable duration.

What to Do after 11 Years of War? How About Occupying Your City Council?!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

While electoral politics tends to suck the oxygen out of the room (and apparently out of many people's brains) in these last few weeks before an election, a number of U.S. citizens committed to ending the wars took to the streets this week.

The American Military Empire Comes Home

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are ...

Court Order Highlights U.S. Legal Distortions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A judge found that a young man from Yemen, seized at the age of 17, has been imprisoned in the United States detention center in Cuba for the past eight years without cause. Sadly, such opinions are now common.

"Model Prisoner" at Guantanamo, Tortured in the "Dark Prison," Loses Habeas Corpus Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Al-Madhwani joins eight other prisoners in a legal netherworld, no longer regarded as "enemy combatants" by the administration, but still detained indefinitely as though they were.

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

No Escape From Guantanamo: The Latest Habeas Rulings

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Rulings made by District Court judges in the habeas corpus appeals of prisoners held at Guantánamo seemed to confirm that the courts were uniquely placed to deliver justice to the prisoners.

Bush's Proposed Terror Legacy: A Legal Basis for Perpetual War

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Just when you think that there can be no more outrageous proposals from the current Lame Duck government, and that it's down to a straight race betwee...