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Mon Jan 27, 2014, 08:19 AM

Kaine: Put limits on terror war declaration


Kaine: Put limits on terror war declaration
By Bill Bartel
The Virginian-Pilot
January 27, 2014

More than a dozen years after Congress authorized the use of military force against nations, groups or individuals involved in or aiding the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said it's time to rethink that open-ended declaration.

The authorization, passed by Congress three days after the attacks that killed 2,977 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania, has been used by the last two presidents to broaden the war on terrorism beyond those involved in 9/11 - to seek out their affiliates wherever military leaders deem necessary.

Kaine said during a visit to his Virginia Beach office Wednesday that he and several other senators believe the authorization needs limits and a new congressional review.


He noted that a senior Pentagon official told a Senate committee last year the war authorization would remain in place for another 10 or 20 years.

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