Text of the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2007

This bill was introduced on July 27, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 27, 2007 (Introduced).

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1st Session

H. R. 3216


July 27, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


To authorize the President to issue letters of marque and reprisal with respect to certain acts of air piracy upon the United States on September 11, 2001, and other similar acts of war planned for the future.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2007.


Issuance of Letters of Marque and Reprisal

The President of the United States is authorized and requested to commission, under officially issued letters of marque and reprisal, so many of privately armed and equipped persons and entities as, in his judgment, the service may require, with suitable instructions to the leaders thereof, to employ all means reasonably necessary to seize outside the geographic boundaries of the United States and its territories the person and property of Osama bin Laden, of any al Qaeda co-conspirator, and of any conspirator with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda who are responsible for the air piratical aggressions and depredations perpetrated upon the United States of America on September 11, 2001, and for any planned future air piratical aggressions and depredations or other acts of war upon the United States of America and her people.


Security Bond Required

No letter of marque and reprisal shall be issued by the President under this Act without requiring the posting of a security bond in such amount as the President shall determine is sufficient to ensure that the letter be executed according to the terms and conditions thereof.