FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #461 | ‘War Authority’ Reminds Us Of Pandora’s Open Box

November 23, 2016.

War Authority is a short documentary film that examines the 2001 “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUMF) which gave the US President “almost unlimited authority to bomb, detain, and monitor just about anyone, anywhere.” Fast-forward to today, some 15 years later, and the AUMF has yet to be amended or repealed, which is to say that it can be used anytime and anywhere unrelated to the events of 9/11. President George W. Bush used the AUMF at least 18 times during his two terms. Obama used it at least 19 times. That’s pretty terrifying considering the new guy in charge. Directed by Matthew Palmer, War Authority features interviews with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (the sole representative in the House to vote against the rushed authorization) and former Secretary of State and Director of the CIA Leon Panetta, among others.

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