SRRT Resolutions
International Responsibilities Task Force
of the American Library Association's
Social Responsibilities Round Table

Resolution Against the War in Afghanistan

The following resolution was endorsed by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on January 19, 2002. SRRT is a body within the American Library Association but does not and should not be taken to speak for the Association as a whole. In this resolution SRRT speaks only on its own behalf.
Submitted to ALA Council by Mark C. Rosenzweig, ALA Councilor at Large
Seconded By Al Kagan, SRRT Councilor
Defeated in ALA Council, January 2002

Whereas the acts of terror of 9/11 against US targets were not the acts of a sovereign nation, nor carried out in official pursuit of the policy of such a nation,

And whereas these terrorist acts have been attributed to Al Qaeda, a criminal network headed by Osama Bin Laden,

And whereas war against an entire nation in pursuit of the guilty parties constitutes "collective punishment," which is specifically prohibited by international covenant,

Therefore be it resolved that the American Library Association opposes:

(1) the war in Afghanistan and its possible extension to other nations as an appropriate response to the heinous terrorism of 9/11/01;

(2) the declaration of an indeterminate "national state of emergency" under which laws are suspended, practices instituted, and precedents set which are destructive of the liberties and rights of the people of the USA (ALA Policy 53.4);

(3) US Government censorship of the mass media's coverage of the war, depriving citizens of the right to know.


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