War Resolution

As the fracas continues over the President's authorization of domestic eavesdropping against potential enemies of this country, it is useful to recall the text of the war resolution that was passed by Congress following 9/11.  There is an excellent brief review of the passage of this act by the Congressional Research Service  dated January 4,2006. The formal title of the resolution is S.J. Res. 23.  After the introductory 'whereas' clauses, the business end of the war resolution says: 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 [emphasis added] against the United States by such nations, organizations, or persons. The CRS report notes that this resolution is less broad that...(Read Full Post)