Tuesday, September 29, 2009


National Conference on War Powers, Law, and Democracy
Georgetown Law School, Washington D.C., October 2-3, 2009

Who decides about war and peace? Congress? The President? The Courts? The People? What kind of national defense should the U.S. have? What type of military?

"Who Decides About War?" will confront essential questions raised by the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. These questions are timely, as the process that brought the United States into those wars is widely recognized today as having been flawed at best, dishonest at worst.

This engaging event will bring together activists and academics, public officials and veterans, lawyers and military families. We will use facilitated discussions, panel presentations, and workshops to accomplish two goals:

First, to educate ourselves and each other about the issues involved, the state of the law, and alternatives.

Second, to develop a statement of common principles leading to a more democratic, comprehensive, and durable national defense policy -- one that will honor the Constitution and help keep the United States from entering into unnecessary wars.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived and deepened longstanding questions about how and by whom war and peace should be decided under our Constitution and in faith with our democratic aspirations . . .

Read all about it, register, and make plans to attend:


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Connie L. Nash said...

We need to be spreading wise awareness and vigilance that all unseemly and imperialistic American actions and inroads into Pakistan are stopped. Thus Pakistan MUST be a part of this and other conferences as well.

Connie L. Nash said...

Keynote Speakers:

Jeremy Scahill, author, Blackwater

Mort Halperin, Senior Adviser, Open Society Institute


Jean Athey, Peace Action

Phyllis Bennis, IPS

Leah Bolger, National Vice-President, Veterans for Peace

John Bonifaz, Attorney at Law

Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out

Rep. Michael Fisher, State Rep., Lincoln, Vermont

Sen. Richard Madaleno, State Sen., Montgomery County, Maryland

Ben Manski, Esq., Liberty Tree Foundation

Geoff Millard, IVAW

State Sen. Jamin Raskin, MD, Prof. of Law, American University

Caleb Rossiter, Professor, American University

Benson Scotch, Senior Legal Counsel, Bring the Guard Home! It's the Law.

David Swanson, Founder, After Downing Street

Don Wallace, Professor, Georgetown Law School

Kevin Zeese, Esq. Voters for Peace