Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:10
by Ivan Eland
A move is afoot in Congress to change the 2001 law that kicked off what became the “war on terror” (although the Obama administration has dropped the now politically incorrect term). The administration, however, opposes changing the statute, because, as one Pentagon official said, “As of right now, it suits us well.” Naturally the administration would take this position, since it has gotten away with vastly exceeding the mandate of Congress—thus running not so secret unauthorized drone wars in far-flung places. The administration and other proponents of the war on terror seem to fear that any replacement statute could restrict the administration’s wide-ranging claims of authority. Civil liberties advocates also oppose changing the law, because they fear any new congressional authorization would enshrine perpetual war.