Press Release:  Letters of Marque and Reprisal

      
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 11, 2001

CITIZENS' CALL: CAPTURE OR KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN
SUPPORTS LETTERS OF MARQUE AND REPRISAL LEGISLATION

The Liberty Committee calls upon every U.S. citizen to support H.R. 3076 -- September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001 and H.R. 3074 -- Air Piracy Reprisal and Capture Act of 2001 introduced by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) on October 10, 2001.

"Congressman Ron Paul has said that Congress can do more to fulfill its constitutional obligation of providing for the defense of our sovereign nation, and granting President Bush the authority to grant letters of marque and reprisal is exactly what Congress should do," stated Kent Snyder, executive director of The Liberty Committee.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 10 and 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to define offenses against the law of nations and to authorize the use of nongovernmental persons or entities to capture those who commit those offenses.

H.R. 3076 would grant President Bush the authority to issue letters of marque and reprisal for the capture of those who are responsible for the September 11 attacks upon the United States. H.R. 3074 would update federal statutes to include piracy of the skies, instead of just piracy of the high seas.

"Americans want Osama bin Laden and the other people responsible for the attacks upon our sovereign nation to be captured or killed and using letters of marque and reprisal will be another weapon of war that President Bush can use to make that happen," says Kent Snyder.

"American citizens can speed up the capture of bin Laden by telling their elected representatives to get this legislation moving now," Snyder stated.

The Liberty Committee is a nationwide organization with over 62,000 members.

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