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  •  Oh, that's easy. (6+ / 0-)
    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
    The President has, according to the AUMF, sole and unchecked discretion in determining who aided the 9/11 attacks, and also who provided safe harbor to those who did.

    Which means the President is perfectly within his rights to use very thin evidence to make that determination. He's also well within his rights to determine that al-Qaeda in Iraq or Sudan or Yemen is an outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and therefore the same organization rather than a separate and loosely affiliated organization. And then they're targets.

    The problem is the AUMF. It gave the President a loaded gun and free rein to point it at anyone he wanted. The AUMF needs to be repealed.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:07:47 PM PDT

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