12/21/2005

Think Progress Comments on Congress Explicitly Said War Resolution Did Not Expand...

Comment by Armando Gomez — December 21, 2005 @ 12:50 am

Above the Law

Bush’s hand been caught in the cookie jar and the apologists are up and running. In “Concentrated decisiveness vs. arbitrary power” by George F. Will is his attempt to minimize President Bush’s illegal surveillance charges on American citizens by supporting attorney John Yoo’s memorandum on presidential authority in conducting military operations against “terrorists” is to be considered “plenary.” As Will explained, “plenary” means: complete, entire, not deficient in any element or respect. Translation: When a president deems necessary he can go above the laws to “protect” the nation; apparently, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter weren’t afforded such a privilege, thanks to partisans such as George F. Will. But Will’s position on plenary isn’t so off the track. Plenary is what Bush been living on since 2001. How was the president allow the bin-Laden family to skip the US just a few days after 9/11 and then had other Arab-Americans arrested, not involved in downing the Twin Towers? Why was the president been allow to hold hands with the Saudis whose philosophy and money had fueled the terrorists who attack the U.S. on September 11? How was Bush allow to stifle further an investigation on Iraq’s prewar intelligence as promised after the 2004 Presidential Election? And why was he allow to lied about invading Iraq and would it again despite the revelation of falsified intelligence? Answer: Plenary, a president above accountability. What Will offering is an apologist, not an apology.

Comment by lawnorder — December 21, 2005 @ 11:09 pm

I am not a lawyer (in spite of my ID) but it seems to me that the House resolution specifically mentios that their resolution DOES NOT supercede any prior law

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(c) WAR POWERS RESOLUTION REQUIREMENTS. –

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION. — Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS. — Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ news/ releases/ 2002/ 10/ 20021002-2.html

And Bush had to report every 60 days on his actions. Did he ?

SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS

(a) The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 2 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of Public Law 105-338 (the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998).

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