- Legislative Ask
- U.S. Wars & Militarism
Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force
Three Presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to justify unrestrained military action across the globe -- from the Middle East, to Africa, to Indonesia -- largely ceding Congress’ constitutional duty to decide where and when our country goes to war.
As a Quaker organization, we oppose all war. Congress should repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. We are particularly concerned about any new authorizations that do not include the following components:
Take bipartisan action to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs without enacting another authorization for endless war.
Repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs: Both have been used to justify military action worldwide with little Congressional oversight.
Sunset clause: An end date provides regular oversight and will prevent endless war.
Clear definition of associated forces/persons: Without a clear definition, the administration can label new groups as ‘associated forces,’ expanding war without consulting Congress.
Language on detention: Detention at Guantanamo Bay must be explicitly prohibited.
Geographic restrictions: This language protects Congressional oversight and Congress’ power to decide where the U.S. goes to war.
Restrictions on ground troops: No ground troops may be used without explicit Congressional approval.
FCNL Contact: Emmet Hollingshead, EHollingshead@fcnl.org
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