AUMF Hunger Strike Enters 15th Day
Demanding the repeal of the post 9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), one American grandfather vows he'd rather die of a hunger strike than see his grandchildren die of a drone strike.
By: VVV PR
His seminal act has initiated the "AUMF Hunger Strike" - Twitter hashtag #AumfHungerStrike - the singular demand of which is the repeal of Public Law 107-40, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Act signed into law by George W. Bush on 18 September 2001. Enacted just seven days after the attacks of 9/11, "AUMF 2001" gave the President sweeping and essentially unchecked powers to wage a global war of vengeance against the alleged perpetrators. Specifically, the President was and is "...authorized 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" (1.usa.gov/cnvcPB)
Over the ensuing 11 years, the AUMF 2001 carte blanche has served as the legal justification for a number of controversial military and government actions both abroad and at home, and by both President Bush and President Obama. Both administrations asserted AUMF as their authority to violate the sovereignty of nations with which we are not at war and conduct drone strikes which in Pakistan, for example, are reportedly killing 49 innocent civilians - including children - for every 1 "known terrorist" taken out (bit.ly/NOthd0)
Also here at home, AUMF 2001 serves as the statutory basis for Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012, or "NDAA 2012", signed into law by Barack Obama on New Year's Eve 2011 as Public Law 112-81 (1.usa.gov/u5MbV0)
An American citizen and grandfather concerned about the future and freedom of his grandchildren, IronBoltBruce committed to the AUMF Hunger Strike in hopes of raising public awareness of the threats to life and liberty posed by AUMF 2001 and NDAA 2012. The repeal of AUMF will undo NDAA, and that is what the AUMF Hunger Strike demands. Congresswoman Barbara Lee - the only U.S. Representative to vote against the 2001 AUMF - recently sponsored "H.R. 198: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force" (bit.ly/163zDfE)
"The United States Government has 'aligned itself with Al Qaeda' in Syria and elsewhere, Senator Graham. So as per your guidance, who do we detain without charge under NDAA 2012, and who do we execute without trial under AUMF 2001? Should we start with President Obama, or you?"
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