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Massachusetts Antiwar Bill, Vietnam War, Massachusetts v. Laird, U.S. Constitution Article I Section 8, Prize Cases, Standing

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Constitutional Law | Law


The Massachusetts Antiwar bill provides that no inhabitant of Massachusetts inducted into or serving in the armed forces "shall be required to serve" abroad in an armed hostility that has not been declared a war by Congress under Art. I, Sect. 8 of the United States Constitution. One could hardly imagine a more fundamental constitutional doubt arising in the mind of the American public than that of the legality of a major war. The purpose of the Massachusetts bill is purely and simply to obtain an authoritative judicial test of the constitutionality of an undeclared war.