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  •  Obviously, that would be great (0+ / 0-)

    I'll pull some links together from some recent hearings, speeches, articles that lead me to believe that repealing AUMF is the last thing that is on the slate.  I know that you know the technicalities about "associated forces" clause and how that is not in the original AUMF.  

    Without a modified AUMF this administrations and future presidents cannot continue the covert wars that they've made clear are part of their long term strategy.  Of course the speech is over now so we know that he indicated that this is a long term battle while at the same time, in an Orwellian way, says that endless war is a bad thing.  And we won't know the specifics for a while yet. Then there are the Article 2 authorities that are assumed and never talked about -- but I don't think that this president will rely on those alone.  It's clear that he has been codifying the things that Bush and Cheney did in secret, sometimes without any authority (valid or not, written authority permission slips from their lawyers, or laws written by Congress).

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:41:15 PM PDT

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      involving the AUMF review hearing last week. They were talking 10-20 years more of AUMF type authorizations needed for the current military strategy and plans.

      The AUMF and America’s Forever War

      See below for the most important and alarming sections from Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Hearing with senior civilian and military officials on the Pentagon’s interpretation of legal authorities for conducting counterterrorism operations. The hearing, “The Law of Armed Conflict, and the Use of Military Force, and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force,” contained several revelations these Pentagon officials that suggest that President Obama’s repeated claim that “the tide of war is receding” is not the operative guidance for the U.S. military. The four witnesses were: Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; Acting Defense General Counsel Robert Taylor; Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, Deputy Director for Special Operations/Counterterrorism, J-37, Joint Staff; Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, Legal Counsel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:41:31 PM PDT

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