Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"In 2002, I voted against the resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. In the years that have followed, I have been outspoken about the exaggerated and misleading statements of the Administration that led to military action in Iraq. The misguided and politically motivated decision of this Administration diverted attention and resources away from the fight against al Qaeda, and our objective of seeking out those who planned the September 11 terrorist attacks."
Comments on Senator Leahy US Senate website, Feb. 23, 2007
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Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (D-VT), 1974-Present
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
Senior Member, Agriculture and Appropriations Committees
As a leading member of the Appropriations Committee, Leahy is the Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and also sits on its Defense, Interior, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-Treasury-Judiciary-Housing and Urban Development, and Homeland Security subcommittees.
Headed the Senate negotiations on the 2001 anti-terrorism bill, the USA PATRIOT Act
Co-chair, Senate National Guard Caucus
The leading US officeholder in the international campaign against the production, export and use of anti-personnel landmines
Wrote the first law by any government to ban the export of anti-personnel landmines, 1992
Chief sponsor of the Innocence Protection Act
The Senate’s leading champion of open government and of the Freedom of Information Act FOIA) and in 1996 was installed in the FOIA Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts
State's Attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont, 1966-1974