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01/19/2017 04:53 pm ET Updated Jan 20, 2018

Watch: The AUMF Gives Donald Trump a Scary Amount of Military Power

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The people who elected Donald Trump thought the days of pay for play politics were over. They thought that Donald Trump would "drain the swamp." They thought this rogue maverick who didn't play by the rules was set to change the political game as we know it. They thought wrong.

Unfortunately the progression erosion of our democratic values began long before Donald Trump took office. However, when Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States tomorrow, he will also be given more power than most people are aware of. This includes the power to cite a sixteen-year-old authorization called The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The bill was signed only three days after 9/11 by the George W. Bush Administration. It allows for the use of military force as justification for attacking nearly any community in the world. It's been used dozens of times since 2001, often for issues unrelated to 9/11 and Al-Qaeda. It's a scary amount of power and now we're giving it to a thin-skinned demagogue who already uses his Twitter account as a weapon.

The short documentary, War Authority, takes a look at the controversial act of congress. It examines how the AUMF was passed with a vote of 420 to 1, and the lone dissenter. Director Matthew Palmer told Outspeak, "War Authority began as a very different film. It was simply about Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the sole member of Congress to vote against the 2001 AUMF. After interviewing her, however, I decided that more people had to know about the AUMF and its implications. Then, the 2016 election happened, and the matter became even more pressing."

Now President Donald Trump has nearly unlimited authority to bomb, detain, and monitor just about anyone.

We should all be concerned, so help spread the word.