Twenty years in the past, Rep. Barbara Lee was the one member of Congress to vote in opposition to struggle within the fast aftermath of the devastating 9/11 assaults that killed about 3,000 folks. “Let us not become the evil that we deplore,” she urged her colleagues in a dramatic deal with on the House flooring.
The remaining vote within the House was 420-1. This week, because the U.S. marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Rep. Lee spoke with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman about her fateful vote in 2001 and the way her worst fears about “forever wars” got here true.
“All it said was the president can use force forever, as long as that nation, individual or organization was connected to 9/11. I mean, it was just a total abdication of our responsibilities as members of Congress,” Rep. Lee says.
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