Tuesday, September 18, 2007

On September 18, ...

... 2007 (today), the United Nations' General Assembly begins its 62d regular session at U.N. headquarters in New York. Provisional agenda's here.
... 2001, exactly 1 week after the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, the U.S. Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which stipulated

"[t]hat the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

This joint congressional resolution's been claimed to authorize a host of acts, ranging from detention at Guantánamo to covert electronic surveillance; those claims remain the subject of litigation in U.S. courts.
.... 1923, Bertha Wilson (right), who served from 1982-1991 as the 1st woman member of Canada’s Supreme Court, was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

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