Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)

Our government does not have any moral or legal right, or any justification, to preemptively attack another nation.

The only legitimate use of military force is to repel an actual attack on our nation.

We demand that our government adhere to international law, including the Kellogg-Briand Pact, Nuremberg Charter and United Nations Charter, which prohibit any and all preemptive wars or first strikes with any and all weaponry, nuclear and non-nuclear.

We demand repeal – not amendment -- of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and oppose any other measure purporting to 'authorize' preemptive or illegal military action.

In passing the AUMF, Congress abdicated its exclusive authority under the Constitution to declare war.

It further violated the Constitution and betrayed its responsibility to the American people by delegating to the president – one person – virtually dictatorial power to commit acts of war whenever he or she chooses.

The 'system of checks and balances' has been replaced by Congress just signing the 'checks' to pay for war.

The AUMF has been used to justify U.S. military actions in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Numerous studies have shown that the 'War on Terror' has created an ever-increasing number of terrorists, destabilized the Middle East and beyond, and created massive death and destruction.

The AUMF serves to maintain the US in a state of perpetual war.

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