U.S. Wars & Militarism

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After the September 11 attacks, the U.S. shifted to a national security policy rooted in fear, leading to violations of civil liberties and civil rights. That mindset has bled into domestic policy, leading to dramatic militarization both at home and abroad. Whether at home or abroad, the U.S. relies too heavily on force and violence to solve problems. Not only do these strategies backfire, but policies that compromise civil liberties and violate international law, are misguided and wrong.

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Update Policy Bill Proposes $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, Rejects Efforts to Rein in Wars 

This week, Congress approved a policy bill that proposes a whopping $700 billion in Pentagon spending but rejects limits on the president’s authority to wage war around the world.

Letter 45 Organizations Send Letter to Senate Calling for Impactful Surveillance Reform 

On November 6, 2017, FCNL and forty-four other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for more comprehensive surveillance reform on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Letter Trump Should Consult Congress on Military Actions in Niger, Write 48 Members of Congress 

On November 3, 2017, 48 U.S representatives sent a letter to President Trump voicing their concerns about U.S. military operations in Niger. The bipartisan letter, which was co-led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D- CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC), emphasized Congress’s sole authority to declare war by calling on the administration to seek an authorization from Congress for expanded military action in Niger.

Update Time for Congress to Reclaim Its Constitutional War Authority 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has provided three presidents with a blank check to wage war without congressional review or approval as required by the U.S. Constitution. But in the last few months, members of Congress from both political parties are starting to question the endless expansion of U.S. wars.

Statement FCNL Submits Statement for the Record for Senate Hearing on Authorization for Use of Military Force  

On October 30, 2017, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to discuss the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, legislation FCNL strongly supports repealing. Yasmine Taeb, FCNL’s Lobbyist on Human Rights and Civil Liberties, submitted the following statement for the record.

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