Support For Repeal Of The 2001 Authorization Of Use Of Military Force


Resolution 13-07.27


WHEREAS, in the wake of the tragic events of September 11 2001, the Congress, by a vote of 420-1 approved and President George Bush signed, the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

WHEREAS, the AUMF authorized 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 September 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."

WHEREAS, the 2001 AUMF has been cited in justifications of warrantless surveillance and wiretapping activities, indefinite detention practices, extrajudicial targeted-killing operations, and an ever-growing and indefinite pursuit of an ill-defined enemy abroad.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2001 AUMF is an overly broad authorization that has far-reaching implications, which shake the very foundations of our democracy.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports repealing the 2001AUMF as soon as possible, but no later than the end of by the end of 2014 when combat operations in Afghanistan finally end.


[Amended with the consent of the author]
Author: Congresswoman Barbara Lee


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013







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