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01-HR0019 on Jan 3, 2001

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: allowing assassination of terrorist leaders
Source: Terrorist Elimination Act (H.R.19)
OnTheIssues.org explanation: The US Army and the CIA are currently prohibited by law from assassinating enemies, including terrorist leaders. These prohibitions were put into place after the Kennedy assassination, and after the CIA attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro, so that enemy countries would have no incentive to assassinate American leaders. This bill undoes those prohibitions. Pres. Bill Clinton claimed during his presidency, he interpreted this law to NOT apply to terrorist leaders, since "assassination" only applies to government officials. Hence Pres. Clinton DID attempt to assassinate Osama bin Laden, by cruise missile attack. Under that interpretation (which is not universally accepted) this bill would clarify that Pres. Clinton's actions were and are legal, and hence Pres. Bush may take the same action.

EXCERPTS FROM BILL and from ORIGINAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

      Congress finds that--
    1. past Presidents have issued Executive orders which severely limit the use of the military when dealing with potential threats
    2. these Executive orders limit the swift, sure, and precise action needed to protect our national security;
    3. present strategy allows the military forces to bomb large targets hoping to eliminate a terrorist leader, but prevents our country from designing a limited action which would specifically accomplish that purpose.
        The following provisions of Executive orders shall have no further force or effect:
      1. Section 5(g) of Executive Order 11905: "5(g) No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination."
      2. Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036: "2-305. No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.
      3. Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333: "2.11: No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination."


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Allow assassination of terrorist leaders
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill allowing assassination of terrorist leaders

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-HR0019



Republicans participating in 01-HR0019

Bob Barr s2pGeorgia Republican Challenger 
Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Mark Foley s1oFlorida Republican 
Samuel Graves s1oMissouri Republican 
Joel Hefley s1oColorado Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Scott McInnis s1oColorado Republican (Until 2004) 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
Pete Sessions s1oTexas Republican 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 
David Vitter s1oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Don Young s1oAlaska Republican 



Independents participating in 01-HR0019

Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 15
Independents: 1


















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