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Bill Url (Html): http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.J.RES.75: Bill Url (Pdf): http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_bills&doc id=f:hj75ih.txt.pdf Bill Url (Pdf - CASI): http://www.cam.ac.uk/societies/casi/info/graham024.pdf ************ Excerpted concluding paragraph: "the refusal by Iraq to admit United Nations weapons inspectors into any facility covered by the provisions of Security Council Resolution 687 should be considered an act of aggression against the United States and its allies". Below find: * Initial, cursory analysis * Previous statement by the bill's lead sponsor * List of sponsors, along with Urls and occasional background information ************ On 4 December 2001, U.S. Representative Lindsey Graham (Republican - South Carolina http://www.house.gov/graham/) introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations http://www.house.gov/international_relations/ H.J. RES. 75. The official title, as introduced, was: "Regarding the monitoring of weapons development in Iraq, as required by United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (April 3, 1991)". Please note that this bill declares that "Security Council Resolution 687 was adopted under chapter VII of the United Nations Charter and therefore can be enforced through military action". Iraq-related Security Council practice and Chapter VII guidelines do not seem to support the conclusion that SCR Chapter VII invocation: * Authorizes States to use force to support a Security Council resolution * Gives individual States the authority, effectively cart blanche, to determine on their own if and when they will use force to enforce Security Council resolutions generally or particular resolution components specifically Explicit force use authorization appears to be requisite. Chapter VII http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter/chapter7.htm itself also seems to suggest that Council-sanctioned force may only follow some combination of Security Council recommendation, determination and authorization. Recall that SCR 678 (1990) explicitly authorized "Authorizes Member States...to use all necessary means to uphold and implement resolution 660 (1990)" and subsequent resolutions (para. 2) ordering that "Iraq withdraw immediately and unconditionally all of its forces to the positions in which they were located on 1 August 1990" (SCR 660, para. 2). No other Security Council resolution on Iraq during the subsequent time period authorizes the use of force. E.g., in SCR 1205, passed on 5 November 1998 (just over a month before the U.S. and UK began Desert Fox), the Council: Para. 1.: "Condemns the decision by Iraq of 31 October 1998 to cease cooperation with the Special Commission as a flagrant violation of resolution 687 (1991) and other relevant resolutions" Para. 2.: "Demands that Iraq rescind immediately and unconditionally the decision of 31 October 1998, as well as the decision of 5 August 1998, to suspend cooperation with the Special Commission and to maintain restrictions on the work of the IAEA, and that Iraq provide immediate, complete and unconditional cooperation with the Special Commission and the IAEA" Yet, the Security Council did not authorize the use of force to enforce its resolution. However, other, more expert opinions in this regard would be most welcome. ************ For Graham's homepage announcement, see: http://www.house.gov/graham/News/iraq.htm ************ You may wish to note Graham's earlier remarks about large-scale Iraq-focused military operations: [begin] "If you go to downtown Baghdad, the whole thing changes" and the coalition against terrorism falls apart, said Graham, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated next year by the retiring U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. Graham added that the battle will not be short, like the Gulf War of a decade ago. "This is not going to be a 100-hour war," he said. [end] Source: Associated Press, "Congressman: War on Terrorism Will Affect All of American Life", 28 September 2001 ************ Bill Co-Sponsors (sponsorship date in parenthesis): Rep. Richard Burr (6 December 2001) * Republican - North Carolina * http://www.house.gov/burr/ and http://www.house.gov/burr/rb-about.htm Rep. Eric Cantor (6 December 2001) * Republican - Virginia * http://cantor.house.gov/ and http://cantor.house.gov/legislation/index.htm Rep. John Cooksey (6 December 2001) * Republican - Louisiana * On a Louisiana radio station, Cooksey said that "If I see someone that comes in that's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around his diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and checked". Source: NBC Nightly News, "Muslims now victims of both hate and terror", 20 September 2001 * Cooksey later apologized for those particular remarks, but additionally argued that law enforcement and immigration officials should engage in regional profiling. "America's security is at stake. We know the faces of the terrorists and where they're from. Terrorist profiling is essential for our nation's security. Slam shut loopholes in immigration, especially those from terrorist countries". Source: Associated Press, "Congressman's Ad Urges Profiling", 9 October 2001 * http://www.house.gov/cooksey/ and http://www.house.gov/cooksey/comittee.htm and http://www.cookseyforsenate.com/ Rep. Porter J. Goss (4 December 2001) * Republican - Florida * Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence * Former "Clandestine Services Officer", CIA, http://intelligence.house.gov/goss.htm * http://www.house.gov/ and http://www.house.gov/goss/cmtes.html Rep. Henry J. Hyde (4 December 2001) * Republican - Illinois * Chairman, Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives * http://www.house.gov/hyde/ Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (6 December 2001) * Republican - California * http://www.house.gov/rohrabacher/ and http://www.house.gov/rohrabacher/commit.html Rep. Edward L. Schrock (6 December 2001) * Republican - Virginia * http://schrock.house.gov/ Rep. Wes Watkins (6 December 2001) * Republican - Oklahoma * http://www.house.gov/watkins/ and http://www.house.gov/watkins/fbio.htm ************ Nathaniel Hurd Associate Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) 162 Montague Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA Tel.: 718-237-9145, x 21 Fax: 718-237-9147 Mobile: 917-407-3389 Personal E-Fax: 707-221-7449 E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.cesr.org/ Afghanistan Factsheets: http://www.cesr.org/Emergency%20Response/afghanfactsheets.htm *The contents of this message may contain personal views which are not the views of ISP, unless specifically stated* -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.