Street Law Launches "The Response" Educational Package

Legal education leader Street Law has created a package that includes a DVD of the film and classroom materials for teaching about national security law.

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Post-9/11 Policy

Preempting Terrorism Unlawful Enemy Combatants Presidential Power

On September 18, 2001, Congress authorized the president 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 . . . "

The Bush administration argued that this was a new type of war where the battlefield was everywhere and the Geneva Conventions, which had governed the laws of war, did not apply. So-called “unlawful enemy combatants” were rounded up in Afghanistan and Iraq, and elsewhere.

The Bush Administration held that under conditions of war, such as those that apply in the "war on terror," the President has wide-ranging powers that are not checked by Congress or the Supreme Court.

 

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Educational Support Materials for the "The Response" and a DVD of the film are available from the Street Law organization: online or by calling 301-589-1130 ext. 220.