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2001 and 2002 AUMFs as Basis for Iraq Strikes?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Various reports of the President’s meeting with congressional leaders (e.g here and here – note especially Pelosi’s comments) suggest that the administration believes that the 2001 AUMF (post-9/11) and the 2002 AUMF (that was the basis for the 2003 invasion of Iraq) together provide all the authorization it needs for any new uses of force . . .
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Reactions to Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on the AUMF

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

There is much to say about today’s hearing on the AUMF, and I am sure my colleagues will weigh in with much more.  But I have two quick reactions for now. First, I suggest reading two recent Eli Lake articles together.  The first is about internal Executive branch debates about how to characterize the continuing threat from al . . .
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Live: Senate Hearing on the AUMF

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

As Bobby noted earlier, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a hearing entitled: “Authorization For Use Of Military Force After Iraq And Afghanistan.” The witness list and prepared testimonies follow. Witnesses Panel One The Honorable Stephen W. Preston General Counsel Department of Defense Washington , DC Download Testimony Ms. Mary Mcleod Principal Deputy Legal Adviser Department of State . . .
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Questions that Should Be Asked at Today’s Senate AUMF Hearing

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a hearing this morning concerning the future of the AUMF, featuring DOD General Counsel Stephen Preston, State Department Principle Deputy Legal Adviser Mary Macleod, Harold Koh, and Michael Mukasey.  As it happens I’m in DC with some free time this morning, so I’ll do my best to be there . . .
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Is the “Covert Action” in Syria Actually a Covert Action?

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I have noted how openly the United States has been leaking information about its covert action to support moderate Syrian rebels – from its inception through the supposed recent ramp-up.  I notice via a post by Marcy Wheeler that the ostensible covert action was discussed openly and explicitly by senior Executive branch officials – the . . .
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SFRC Approves Syria Authorization Language [UPDATED]

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

So reports the New York Times on this afternoon’s vote to authorize the use of military force in Syria. The vote was 10-7; the Republicans voting with a majority of the Democrats on the panel included: Senator Bob Corker, Senator John McCain, and Senator Jeff Flake. The remainder of the Republicans on the panel voted no. . . .
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Draft SFRC Joint Resolution on Syria

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

The would-be Syria AUMF—which is evidently still subject to markup in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—can be found here.  As for key provisions, readers will be interested in the draft’s second section: SECTION 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. (a)   AUTHORIZATION-The President is authorized, subject to subsection (b), to use the Armed Forces . . .
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It is Hard to Write an AUMF

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Politico reports that a revised Syria AUMF is being drafted in the Senate: Some of the options being considered for the revised Authorization for the Use of Military Force include a 60-day period for Obama to launch “narrow, limited” strikes against Assad’s regime with the potential for a 30-day extension of that deadline. Language barring . . .
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Belated Report: $5 Million Reward for Joseph Kony’s Transfer to the International Criminal Court

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Better late than never.   I have been meaning to report for some time Secretary Kerry’s announcement earlier this month — via an op-ed in the Huffington Post – that the State Department is now offering a $5 million reward  for information that leads to the arrest, transfer, and conviction of the top three leaders of the . . .
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Keith Gerver on Yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Keith Gerver writes in with the following account of yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, which seems to have tracked closely some recent arguments on Lawfare: The recent debate between Bobby, Jack, Ben, and Matt, on the one hand, and Steve and Jennifer Daskal, on the other, over whether Congress should consider a new Authorization for . . .
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Yesterday

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday held a hearing on “Counterterrorism Policies and Priorities: Addressing the Evolving Threat.” Video is available here. The witnesses, and their prepared statements were: The Honorable Jane Harman (D-CA) Director, President, and CEO (Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives) Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars The Honorable Michael E. Leiter . . .
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Bipartisanship in International Law

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

When I testified last month (together with Ben, Bobby, and Steve) before the House Judiciary Committee on the legality of targeted killings, I started and ended my remarks with a plea for more congressional bipartisanship on international and national security legal issues.  I added that I was appearing specifically in order to provide bipartisan support . . .
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Law of the Sea Treaty Hearing, June 14, 2:30 pm

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I will testify tomorrow afternoon before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the Law of the Sea Convention.  A copy of my written statement is here.   Former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte will also testify in favor of the Convention.  Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Steve Groves of the Heritage . . .
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Marty Lederman’s analysis of Lugar amendment to Kerry-McCain resolution

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Marty Lederman offers this analysis over at Balkinization of two critical amendments proposed by Senator Richard Lugar and adopted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Lederman points out that the first of Lugar’s amendments would legally restrict the use of ground forces, which goes further than the language in the original Kerry-McCain resolution. The second of . . .
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Must-See TV War Powers Edition: Koh Testifying Before SFRC Tuesday Morning at 10 Eastern

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Monday, June 27, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Well, this is going to be interesting, and probably more than a little tense.  State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh will testify tomorrow morning, at 10 eastern (in theory), before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Watch it here.  And be sure to prepare by reading Josh Rogin’s handy account of the status of the Kerry/McCain . . .
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WPR Compliance Hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Josh Rogin at The Cable reports that Senators Kerry and Lugar agree that there should be a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on WPR compliance in relation to Libya. So many interesting possibilities there if it actually happens.  For example, will the SFRC attempt to unpack the interagency legal debate, and in particular will it try to pin down . . .
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