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Pros And Cons Of Aummf

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1. “No one had declared war since World War II” stated, Gregory Johnson in the Podcast, 60 Words. At the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Congress as asked, once again, to grant the President the authority he would need to defense the United States. That authorized came for legislation titled, 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force or AUMF. This document authorized the President to use all necessary force against the any groups believed to be responsible for the attacked on September 11, 2001. The vote passed, 420 to 1, and President Bush signed the AUMF on September 18, 2001. The only vote of “no” was casted by Senator Barbara Lee of California. While delivering the vote, Senator Lee said, “Some of us must urge the use of restraint.”…show more content…
The point Senator Lee was attempting to make is that the AUMF is in essence, a “blank check” given to the President to exert force again in any nation, organization, or person he believes had a hand in the attack on September 11, 2001 by any means necessary. The AUMF is not a traditional declaration of war; no other country had declared war on the United States. This was a terrorist attack. The AUMF allowed the President to act against organized groups, associated forces, and any declared enemy of the United States. That is very broad net and there are no limitations or restrictions detailed in the AUMF. In 2002, the AUMF was revises to authorize military force against Iraq. Iraq was specifically named, because Saddam Hussein’s regime was located in Iraq and it was believed that Iraq provided aide to his mission. Iraq was deemed an associated…show more content…
Associated forces. Under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, we have we have a punitive article labeled Article 134; it’s the catch-all article. The term, “associated forces” is a catch-all phase used as justification to continue fighting Al-Qaeda and it affiliates all over the world. Gregory Johnsen wrote, “… Congress said that military commissions had jurisdiction over al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and what had come to be called “associated forces” and I completely agree. By using the term, associated forces, the President can order the military to attack anyone he believes has allied themselves with the “enemy.” John Bellinger III said, “It is like a Christmas tree.” Some many different interpretations were placed on that 60-word
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