A recent broadcast of the National Public Radio broadcast RadioLab features an insightful analysis of the 60 Words in the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) following the September 2011 attacks that became the foundation for the War on Terror for more than a decade. The Joint Resolution in Public Law 107–40, 115 Stat. 224 (Sept. 18, 2001) provides:
That the President is authorized 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, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
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