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Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force

As a Quaker, my fundamental belief in non-violence leads me to call for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Passed three days after the tragedy of Sept. 11, AUFM gives the president sweeping authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against any nation, organization or person involved in those attacks. Now, 13 years later, invoking this law, Presidents Bush and Obama have at least 30 times used it to justify activities, including overseas wars, detentions without due process and warrantless wiretapping at home.  Unrestrained by geography, the law has been used to carry out military operations in at least 10 countries since 2001, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The AUFM distorts the constitutional checks and balances of American government. Congress can act quickly if the United States is under threat or is attacked, but should deliberate and vote before authorizing the use of military force.

As a Quaker, and based upon my belief that we must employ peaceful means for peaceful ends, I believe that the AUMF should be repealed returning to our constitutional balance of power. Congress will address this issue in May.

If you oppose reauthorization of the AUMF, please write to express your views to Rep. Jim McDermott, 1035 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515; Senator Maria Cantwell, 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, and Sen. Patty Murray, 173 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510.

— Kate Hunter

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