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About "Repeal AUMF"
Days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). This act was widely understood as giving the president authority to go to war with the perpetrators of those terror attacks. Nearly two decades later, the groups responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center are no longer a direct threat. Yet the 2001 AUMF’s vague language has allowed the past three administrations to wage war against enemies that may or may not be connected to the 9/11 attacks, and some of whom didn’t even exist in 2001.
This “blank check” for war has led the US to a state of unending warfare, destabilizing the Middle East and costing us trillions of dollars. It’s time for Congress to take back its constitutional war making authority and repeal the obsolete AUMF.
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For the past 4 years Naomi competed in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate in NCFCA, consistently winning awards and qualifying to nationals in both categories. She also enjoyed doing Parliamentary debate in Stoa and forensics through the Wisconsin State league. Her love of research transcends the world of competitive debate, and she looks forward to studying political science and economics at Truman State University this fall.