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Barbara Lees Lone Vote on Sept. 14, 2001, Was as Prescient as It Was Brave and Heroic
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Intercept


The Intercept, September 11, 2016
Posted: September 19th, 2016
https://theintercept.com/2016/09/11/barbara-lees-lone-vote-o...

Immediately after the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack. The resulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad. Despite this broadness, or because of it, the House of Representatives on September 14 approved the resolution by a vote of 420-1. The lone dissenting vote was Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who ... not only voted no but stood up on the House floor to deliver [an] eloquent, unflinching and, as it turns out, extremely prescient explanation for her opposition. She [pointed] out that the resolution was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events - anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nations long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. She added: A rush to launch precipitous military counterattacks runs too great a risk that more innocent men, women, children will be killed. For her lone stance, Lee was deluged with rancid insults and death threats. She was vilified as anti-American. Since then, she has been repeatedly rejected in her bids to join the House Democratic leadership, typically losing to candidates close to Wall Street and in support of militarism. But beyond the obvious bravery needed to take the stand she took, she has been completely vindicated on the merits. Its impossible to overstate how correct Lee was.

Note: For more on Rep. Lee's efforts to stop giving the US president dictatorial power over waging war, see this Los Angeles Times article. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.


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