OLC Memo: The President’s Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them

This September 25, 2009 OLC memo from John Yoo finds that in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the President has the constitutional power to 1) retaliate against any person, organization, or state suspected of involvement in these attacks as well as foreign states suspected of harboring or supporting such organizations and 2) deploy military force against terrorist organizations or foreign states suspected of harboring or supporting them, whether or not they can be specifically linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Doc_type: 
Legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Doc_rel_date: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Doc_nid: 
11904
Doc_type_num: 
62