Biden must repeal 2001 war authorisation act if he wants to end 'forever wars', experts say

The 2001 AUMF was passed just a week after the 9/11 attacks and was used to justify the 2011 assassination of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki
September 10, 2021
Middle East Eye

... Legal experts told Middle East Eye that while efforts to rein in the 1991 and 2002 war power authorisations were a positive development, the 2001 AUMF would likely remain in place in some shape or form.

"There is clear recognition of the need to rein in the use of force, and to bring an end to the endless wars,"  Wells Dixon, a senior staff attorney at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, told Middle East Eye. "And I think the Biden administration does recognise this; some members of Congress do as well.

"But the ability to use force and the ability to use essentially unlimited force under the 2001 AUMF is seductive," Dixon added. "Giving up that power is not something that the administration is going to do very willingly." ...

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September 21, 2021