Thank the President For Taking Steps To End the War on Terror

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Target: President Obama

Goal: Applaud the President for repealing excessive legislation that has been used to justify drone attacks, holding prisoners indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, and warrantless surveillance of the American people.

In a recent U.S. Senate hearing, Pentagon officials sought to extend the wide-ranging counter-terrorism laws that were implemented after 9/11, including the rewriting of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The AUMF empowers the president “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 Sept. 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.” President Obama has taken an important step towards peace by requesting a repeal of the AUMF and should be commended for not perpetuating this wartime policy.

The AUMF was passed in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. The George W. Bush Administration called for Congress to allow him to take any necessary action against terrorism. The AUMF provided the executive branch with unprecedented powers that were abused. For example, the AUMF has been used to justify controversial drone attacks, holding prisoners indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, and warrantless surveillance of the American people by the National Security Agency. Congress is now considering expanding the AUMF, proposing that the executive keep this secretive use of force against all groups that potentially threaten the U.S., even if entirely unrelated to 9/11. In addition, Pentagon officials argued that under the AUMF troops could be sent to Syria, Yemen and the Congo without new congressional authorization.

President Obama opted to repeal the initiative to expand the AUMF and defied Congress and even members of his own party in an effort to make real progress towards peace. He stated that Al-Qaeda has mostly been disassembled and is no longer a real threat to the U.S. The U.S. is withdrawing from Afghanistan and we are entering a peacetime state and that there is no reason to drag on a never-ending state of war. This an important distinction between a state of peace and a state of war, since during peacetime a suspect can only be detained after full due process and in war, governments can kill at will. Thank the President for repealing this legislation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which empowers the president to take any necessary action against terrorism, was passed in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. Now, Congress and the pentagon are considering expanding this to allow the executive to keep this secretive use of force against all groups that potentially threaten the U.S., even if entirely unrelated to 9/11. You made the important decision to try to repeal the initiative to expand the AUMF, and by doing so made significant progress towards peace.

You stated the facts in that Al-Qaeda has mostly been disassembled and is no longer a real threat to the U.S. The U.S. is withdrawing from Afghanistan and we are entering a peacetime state. By removing this wartime executive power, you make an important distinction between a state of peace and a state of war, since during peacetime a suspect can only be detained after full due process and in war, governments can kill at will. In doing this, you defied Congress and even members of his own party and this petition applauds you for supporting a peaceful future direction in ending the war on terror.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Alexander Riccio says:

    I respectfully disagree with this petition. The president’s call for AUMF repeal is nothing more than rhetorical politicking that is contradictory to his actions in office. He left the timeline for repeal open-ended, meaning there is no real plan proposed by Obama to legislate AUMF repeal, and in the same speech he used the law as justification for his own administration’s use of drones. If our president was sincere about ending perpetual war and making strides toward peace, he would end perpetual war and make strides toward peace; not just talk about doing it. One step would be to stop using AUMF legislation as justification for any future U.S. attacks worldwide, but we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.

    • I agree, he did nothing. He appears to be trying to divert attention from his administration’s woes, and create a legacy that differs from reality.

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