(Note: The authors of this NYT editorial
are David B. Rivkin and Lee A. Casey . . . lawyers who served in the Justice Department in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.)
[T]he only thing outrageous about this policy is the outrage itself.ah, but if it was ONLY foreign intelligence and if bush had ONLY used the perfectly adequate mechanisms that are already in place...
The president has the constitutional authority to acquire FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE [caps and italics added] without a warrant or any other type of judicial blessing.
The attempt, by Democrats and Republicans alike, to dismantle the president's core constitutional power in wartime is wrongheaded and should be vigorously resisted by the administration.
The contretemps its revelation has caused reveals much more about the chattering classes' fundamental antipathy to strong government in general, and strong executive power in particular, than it does about presidential overreaching.that's right... relegate me and anyone else who is watching civil liberties in the united states being washed away to the dustbin, all in the name of an endless war that serves only one purpose - allowing the bush administration to continue to accrue unlimited and unopposed power... this editorial is an insult to democracy, the constitution of the united states and to the intelligence of every concerned u.s. citizen... i'm digusted and outraged...
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The Constitution's framers did not vest absolute power in any branch of the federal government, including the courts, but they did create a strong executive and equipped the office with sufficient authority to act energetically to defend the national interest in wartime. That is what President Bush has done, and nothing more.