Congress is about to address the fact that the fight against ISIS had been loosely covered by war authorizations from back in 2001 and 2002 when the “War on Terrorism” and the fighting in Iraq began. Considering that ISIS didn’t even exist during that time period, new authorization was over-due.
The Washington Examiner reports – Republicans in Congress will introduce a new war authorization on Wednesday that could put the fight against the Islamic State on firmer legal ground.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is introducing a new war authorization in the House that specifically names al Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic State, as well as successor or associated organizations, as ones that can be targeted by the U.S.
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is introducing a companion bill in the Senate.
The current fight against ISIS is covered by two previous war authorizations from 2001 and 2002 that cover the war on terrorism and fighting in Iraq, respectively. While the Obama administration argued that it had the authority to strike ISIS under these authorizations, legal scholars have questioned whether the previous bills are adequate, since the Islamic State did not exist when Congress passed them.
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