A recent research from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law claims that THE UNITED STATES has engaged in more than a dozen “secret wars” during the past 20 years.
These conflicts have raged from Africa to the Middle East to Asia through a combination of ground warfare, bombings, and operations by U.S. proxy forces, frequently with no knowledge of the American people and with no legislative supervision. The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program lawyer Katherine Yon Ebright noted, “This growth of secret war is a relatively recent occurrence, and it is undemocratic and dangerous.” “Hostilities being carried out secretly in nations that aren’t being reported violates the intent of our constitution. It invites a military escalation that the public, Congress, and even the diplomats in charge of overseeing U.S. foreign affairs are not prepared for. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, as well as the covert action statute, which permits covert, unattributed operations, mostly carried out by the CIA, have made it possible for these clandestine fights. Additionally, the US has relied on a collection of obscure security cooperation laws that The Intercept has previously uncovered, notably in an exposé earlier this year that exposed the existence of covert US counterterrorism initiatives in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In those nations as well as 12 others.