On May 15, 2018, FCNL along with 23 other organizations sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing the new Authorization for Use of Military Force 2018.
Washington, DC (May 17, 2018)—The Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), today denounced the Senate’s vote to confirm Gina Haspel to serve as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The Iran nuclear deal successfully closed off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and made the world safer. U.S. and Israeli security officials have attested that the deal with working and that Tehran has upheld its commitments.
The United States has engaged in dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea in the past to avoid war while securing vital national interests—as it did with the Soviet Union before that. It should do so again.
Three presidents have used the 2001 Authorization to justify unrestrained military action in the Middle East, Africa, and Indonesia -- at least 41 military engagements in 18 countries. Congress needs to cancel this blank check for war by repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
On April 16, a bipartisan group of senators led by Tim Kaine (D- VA) and Bob Corker (R- TN) introduced a new authorization for the use of military force in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While these senators have presented the AUMF 2018 as an opportunity for Congress to exercise more oversight over the executive branch, we believe this bill will extend the existing blank check for war.
In May, the Senate has a chance to make a firm statement against torture. In the coming weeks, Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA, will face hearings and confirmation vote. Ms. Haspel's record of overseeing torture and destroying the evidence makes her the wrong choice; urge your senators to oppose her confirmation.