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Opinion | Never forget 9/11 or its disastrous consequences

Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This Saturday, Sept. 18, will mark twenty years since the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001 was passed. It will be twenty years since that act irreversibly changed the...
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The Perils of Fighting a Conceptual War

Every year as we approach Sept. 11, I ask my friends, colleagues, friends of friends whom I just met for the first time: Do you remember where you were that day? The thing is, we all remember. I couldn’t describe any other day from 2001, but like many others, I remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news, how my day unfolded, and even my mood.
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The Army Brief: Vaccine mandate; Stopping disinformation; War authorizations; and more...

Welcome to The Army Brief, a weekly look at the news and ideas shaping the service’s future. Vaccination policy released. Active duty soldiers must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 or face punishment and a discharge from the service, the Army announced Tuesday. National Guard and Reserve members have until June 30, 2022, to be fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, the Army has more than 426,000 soldiers fully vaccinated, according to the Pentagon.
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Will Congress Ever Repeal Its Post-9/11 War Authorizations?

The wars launched in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago are both over, but the legal authorizations for them are still in effect. There is growing bipartisan support among lawmakers for Congress to assert its responsibility to authorize military action and take back some power from the executive branch. Though lawmakers seem poised to act on the 2002 authorization for military operations in Iraq, some experts say the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after 20 years could prompt Congress to seriously debate repealing and replacing the 2001 authorization for conflict in Afghanistan as well.

The Long Shadow of 9/11 on Decisions to Use Lethal Force

September 11th, 2001 changed how the United States conceptualized and conducted counterterrorism for a generation. In the aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bush vowed that the United States would fight “…until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated” – thereby ushering in a new era of national security, of prolonged conflict and expansive decisions to use lethal force, including through remote means and under opaque justifications. A lethal U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2002 operationalized, for the first time, the development and sustainment of an exceptional program for using lethal force against perceived threats outside widely recognized war zones. Twenty years after 9/11, that exception is at increasing risk of becoming the rule, in which the United States assumes broad authorities to lethally target people around the world seemingly in perpetuity and in secret, with limited oversight, and with even more limited accountability.

Eyes on Afghanistan

Rep. Barbara Lee is having a well-deserved moment as the sole congressperson to have voted in 2001 against the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which granted war powers generally held by Congress to the president of the United States. Twenty years of war has long since vindicated her position, but the rapid takeover by the Taliban in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal has amplified Lee’s prescience and courage to stand up against the overwhelming push for vengeance in the wake of 9/11.

Peacemakers celebrated in Sebastopol

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sebastopol and west county residents gathered at the Sebastopol plaza for the 6th annual Living Peace Wall induction ceremony. This year’s honorees are Mary Moore, Adrienne Lauby, Fred Ptucha and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who did not attend the...
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Congressmember Barbara Lee, the lone vote for peace after the Sept. 11 attacks

“I rise today, really, with a very heavy heart, one that is filled with sorrow for the families and loved ones who were killed and injured this week,” intoned California Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee, her voice trembling with emotion as she spoke from the House floor on Sept. 14, 2001, three days after the devastating 9/11 attacks.
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From Washington: After Afghanistan, Is It Time To Re-Think AUMF?

On September 14th, 2001 Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, allowing the Armed Forces to strike back against those responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks and deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States. That AUMF has been used by every President since. But with the War in Afghanistan over and no remaining troops on the ground, it may be time to re-think the broad power given to the commander in chief. Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young discusses the future of these military authorizations twenty years later.

September 11 and the History of Lawfare

When we launched Lawfare eleven years and ten days ago, we pledged to devote what we then called the “blog” to “that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation's laws and legal institutions.” It was two years into the Obama administration, and our main focus at the time was on the legal and policy issues that had continued to arise in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.