U.S. Senate: Oppose the New Worldwide War Authority
The House of Representatives recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains a dangerous provision that authorizes a worldwide war against terrorism suspects and against nations suspected of supporting them.
This new war authority would give the president — any president — the sole power to send American service men and women into war anywhere and everywhere around the globe, wherever there is a terrorism suspect.
The worldwide war amendment would have no clear enemy, no expiration date, no geographical boundaries, and no connection to the 9/11 attacks or any other harm or threat to Americans. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end. It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Take action! Tell your senators to oppose new worldwide war authority.
As your constituent, I strongly urge you to oppose any amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that gives a new worldwide authorization to go to war. Congress should not wholesale hand over to the president -- and all future presidents -- the authority that the Constitution gives to Congress to decide whether, where, and why the country will go to war. If this provision passes, there will be no more checks and balances on the use of the military in the fight against terrorism suspects.
This new war authority would give the president -- any president -- the power to unilaterally take our country to war wherever, whenever and however he or she sees fit. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end.
This new legislation could commit the United States to a worldwide war without clear enemies, without any geographical boundaries, and without any boundary relating to time or specific objective to be achieved.
Unlike the legislation that authorized the Afghanistan War and the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the proposed new war authority does not cite any specific threat of harm to the United States.
The time is now to restore respect for the Constitution. We must put an end to the notion that we can't be safe without sacrificing our freedom.
I urge you to oppose the new worldwide war authority.
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