Sunday, February 05, 2006
Bush Wants the Power To Kill Here At Home
...a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States...Sen. Feinstein (D-Ca) asked [head of DoJ's Office of Legal Counsel] Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.No wonder some in Congress are considering [a] constitutional amendment to limit war powers
...moderate Senators on both sides of the aisle are quietly considering a range of options that would attempt at the very least to delineate the President's authority, if not roll it back...some Senators are considering a constitutional amendment to limit his powers.[Update] Crooks and Liars has a clip from Face The Nation with Sen Sessions saying
A source familiar with the nascent constitutional amendment says one version would make clear that any actions by the President as Commander in Chief that affect domestic policies or U.S. citizens are subject to the exclusive control of Congress. “Congress can't completely cede wartime power to the President,” the source says.
"When you authorize the military to use force, they can kill the enemy without a Miranda warning. They can put them in jail without a trial- and be able to intercept their communications is legitimate."
I have a bad feeling this is already happened on United States soil. The administration is just setting up the public for the facts to come out.