Letters of Marque and Reprisal

   During his address to the U.S. Congress and the American people on Thursday, September 20, 2001, President Bush answered the question: "How will we fight and win this war?"   
 

We will direct every resource at our command -- every
means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every
instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence,
and every necessary weapon of war -- to the destruction
and to the defeat of the global terror network.

 
   On Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Congressman Ron Paul introduced 
H.R. 3074 -- Air Piracy Reprisal and Capture Act of 2001 and H.R. 3076 -- September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001 so Congress can provide that additional "necessary weapon of war" to President Bush -- the authority to issue letters of marque and reprisal.
  

 

Text of Letter from Congressman Paul to President Bush

      
October 9, 2001



The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C.  20500-0003

Dear Mr. President:

I commend you for your decision to execute a measured response to the
September 11 attacks upon our nation. The persons responsible for those attacks are enemy belligerents who have committed acts of war against the United States. Such acts are contrary to the law of nations and the perpetrators must be captured or killed.

In passing S.J. Resolution 23, Congress recognized the September 11 attacks
not as criminal acts, but as acts that constituted an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security," thereby providing sanction for the United States to "exercise its right of self-defense." That joint resolution authorized you, as President of the United States, to use "United States Armed Forces against" the attackers and their supporters. That resolution does not, however, grant to you, as President of the United States, all the lawful means that are within the power of Congress to grant. Congress must do more to fulfill its constitutional obligation "to provide for the common defense" of our sovereign nation.

Therefore, on October 10, 2001, I will introduce the "Air Piracy Reprisal and
Capture Act of 2001" and the "September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001." The authority to issue letters of marque and reprisal has lain dormant for over a century and a half. During that time, however, the United States did not face the kind of belligerent acts that she recently suffered, or the ongoing threat that will not be turned back by conventional methods of warfare alone.

The "Air Piracy Reprisal and Capture Act of 2001" will update current federal
statutes to recognize acts of piracy beyond the high seas by including the skies.  The "September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001" will authorize you, as President of the United States, to issue letters of marque and reprisal with respect to certain acts of air piracy upon the United States on September 11, 2001 and other similar acts of war planned for the future.During your recent address to the United States Congress and the American people, you answered the question: "How will we fight and win this war?"

We will direct every resource at our command -- every means
of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument
of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every
necessary weapon of war -- to the destruction and to the
defeat of the global terror network.

My intention is for Congress to provide that additional "necessary weapon of war" to you so our fellow citizens; our sovereign nation; and, our liberty will be defended.

Most sincerely,



cc: 
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert, House Speaker
Hon. Richard Armey, House Majority Leader
Hon. Tom DeLay, House Majority Whip
Hon. Richard Gephardt, House Minority Leader
Hon. David Bonior, House Minority Whip
Hon. Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader
Hon. Trent Lott, Senate Minority Leader

 

 

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