text of resolution authorizing use of force
maule at LAW.VILLANOVA.EDU
Fri Sep 14 18:39:58 PDT 2001
Interesting. It doesn't seem as broad as what one would have expected from the comments made by representatives of the Departments of Defense and State. It doesn't authorize the use of force against nations harboring groups planning future acts but that were not connected to the acts of September 11, but I understood that the Administration intended to go after terrorists, their organizations, their sponsors, and their safe havens, period.
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Here's the text of the resolution authorizing the use of force, in case
anyone is interested. This has not yet been voted on.
To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those
responsible for the recent attacks
launched against the United States.
Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence were committed
against the United States and its citizens; and
Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate that the United
States exercise its rights to self-defense and to
protect United States citizens both at home and abroad, and
Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security and foreign policy
of the United States posed by these grave acts of
Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to
the national security and foreign policy of the
Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action to
deter and prevent acts of international terrorism
against the United States.
Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This joint resolution may be cited as the"Authorization of Use of Military
SECTION 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
(a) That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate
force against those nations, organizations, or persons
he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks
that occurred on September 11, 2001, or
harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts
of international terrorism against the United States
by such nations, organizations or persons.
(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements
(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION - Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of
the War Powers Resolution, the
Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific
statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of
the War Powers Resolution.
(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Nothing in this resolution
supercedes any requirement of the War
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