Accession Number:

ADA458316

Title:

Authorization for Use of Military Force in Response to the 9/11 Attacks (P.L. 107-40): Legislative History

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-04

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

In response to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the Congress passed legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 23, on September 14, 2001, authorizing the President 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.... The President signed this legislation into law on September 18, 2001 P.L. 107-40, 115 Stat. 224 2001. This report provides a legislative history of this statute, the Authorization for Use of Military Force AUMF, which, as Congress stated in its text, constitutes the legislative authorization for the use of U.S. military force contemplated by the War Powers Resolution. It also is the statute which the President and his attorneys have subsequently cited as an authority for him to engage in electronic surveillance against possible terrorists without obtaining authorization of the special Court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA of 1978, as amended. This report will only be updated if events warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE