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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 04, 2013 Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
QUOTE: A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens
NBC News Mar 13, 2012 Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice
QUOTE: in the interplay among tribal chiefs, elected officials and security forces, a new Iraq is taking shape. It may be buttressed by new ideas of democracy, but it is still very much dominated by the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders, quick to welcome outsiders with offers of sweet chai and platters of kebab and chicken but capable of swift acts of justice that can supersede those of any court.
New York Times Jan 11, 2012 Mississippi judge blocks release of pardoned prisoners
QUOTE: A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned or given clemency by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour, whose actions created an uproar.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 17, 2011 Political turmoil flares in Iraq as U.S. pulls out
QUOTE: Iraqiya accuses al-Maliki of trying to consolidate his own power rather than share it....[al-Mutlaq] said al-Maliki has flouted the power-sharing deal's provisions by refusing to name permanent ministers to lead the defense and interior ministries, which concentrates control over the military and police in the prime minister's hands.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 25, 2011 Question of Birth Becomes One of President’s Power
QUOTE: In 2002, [Congress] directed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents ask. President George W. Bush signed that bill...But Mr. Bush also said he would not obey it.
New York Times Jul 24, 2011 The 14th Amendment, the Debt Ceiling and a Way Out
QUOTE: former President Bill Clinton identified a constitutional escape hatch should President Obama and Congress fail to come to terms on a deficit reduction plan before the government hits its borrowing ceiling. He pointed to an obscure provision in the 14th Amendment...
New York Times May 25, 2011 How Can Congress Debate a Secret Law?
QUOTE: Legal scholars, law professors, advocacy groups, and the Congressional Research Service have all written interpretations of the Patriot Act and Americans can read any of these interpretations and decide whether they support or agree with them. But by far the most important interpretation of what the law means is the official interpretation used by the U.S. government and this interpretation is - stunningly -classified.
Huffington Post Apr 20, 2011 Even in an era of budget cuts, these government programs won’t die
QUOTE: But they have survived, again and again, thanks to powerful lobbies or high-placed patrons in Congress… “If lawmakers can’t cut programs that cost a few million, how are they going to cut deficits that are going to be in the trillions?”
Washington Post Dec 08, 2010 LAWA Land: The Supreme Court hears about Arizona's other controversial immigration law.
QUOTE: The Supreme Court busies itself today with that law's Mini-Me, the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which goes much further than federal immigration law in sanctioning state employers who hire illegal workers. Both today's case and the one the court will inevitably hear about SB 1070 test the same general proposition: Does federal immigration law pre-empt—or preclude—the states from passing their own, tougher immigration laws?
Slate Oct 10, 2009 Argentina Enacts Law on Broadcasters
QUOTE: While many media experts have said the old[media] law [in Argentina] was outdated and in need of reform, analysts say the move by the Kirchner government seemed intended to give the executive branch significant discretion in the regulation of broadcasters.
New York Times Sep 03, 2009 The White House Will Disclose Visitor Logs
QUOTE: President Obama announced on Friday that he will open up White House visitor logs on a regular basis for the first time in modern history, providing the public an unusually extensive look at who gets the opportunity to help shape American policy at the highest levels.
New York Times Aug 28, 2009 Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
QUOTE: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
CNET Aug 22, 2009 Ridge's Telling Tale, or Just Another Tell-All?
QUOTE: There is something about the Beltway culture that seems to discourage protest resignations. Instead, the well-worn path is to collect your grievances, find a publisher, hit the talk-show circuit and recast yourself as a painfully honest critic of the administration you once saluted.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 Tom Ridge kisses and tells on Bush’s ‘terror levels’ (The Vote Blog)
QUOTE: [former head of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge] says two top Bush officials – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft – pressured him to up the terror alert level before the 2004 election...
Christian Science Monitor Aug 11, 2009 Transcripts, E-Mails Detail Campaign to Oust U.S. Attorney
QUOTE: The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2009 Chechen Rights Activist Is Slain: U.S. Urges Russia to Bring Estemirova's Killers to Justice
QUOTE: Chechnya's most outspoken human rights activist was found shot to death hours after being kidnapped Wednesday, provoking international outrage and calls for renewed scrutiny of Russia's violent policies in the Caucasus.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Honduras Targets Protesters With Emergency Decree: Media in Country Also Feel Pressure
QUOTE: The new Honduran government clamped down on street protests and news organizations Wednesday as lawmakers passed an emergency decree that limits public gatherings following the military-led coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya from office.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Thailand's lèse majesté law: Treason in cyberspace
QUOTE: ince March 2008 the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) has blocked 8,300 website pages on lèse majesté [anti-royal family] grounds.
Economist May 24, 2009 New Justice Could Hold the Key to Presidential Power
QUOTE: “We’re losing one of the court’s strongest leaders on the side of limiting executive power to reasonable bounds. If the person who replaces Souter is different than him, the balance of power may shift.”
New York Times Dec 24, 2008 Jailed for Aiding Israel, but Pardoned by Bush
QUOTE: took up the clandestine cause from his perch in Miami and helped ferry military planes to Israeli fighters, even flying a B-17 bomber across the Atlantic Ocean himself in 1948...in the United States, he was a criminal, imprisoned for 18 months for violating the 1939 Neutrality Act and breaking an embargo on weapons to Israel. But on Tuesday, President Bush pardoned Mr. Winters...
New York Times Dec 21, 2008 Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer: Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives
QUOTE: the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005. The risks that the transfer may be incomplete are also pointed up by a continuing legal battle between a coalition of historians and nonprofit groups over access to Vice President Cheney's records.
Washington Post Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act
QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...
New York Times Nov 13, 2008 Bush, Out of Office, Could Oppose Inquiries
QUOTE: a precedent suggesting that former presidents wield lingering powers to keep matters from their administration secret. Now, as Congressional Democrats prepare to move forward with investigations of the Bush administration, they wonder whether that claim may be invoked again.
New York Times Oct 29, 2008 Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution: The government we have today is something the Founders could never have imagined.
QUOTE: It is clear that the Framers wrote a Constitution as a result of which contracts would be enforced, risk would be real, choices would be free and have consequences, and private property would be sacrosanct. The $700 billion bailout of large banks that Congress recently enacted runs afoul of virtually all these constitutional principles.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Aug 12, 2008 Venezuela's Chávez riles critics with new decree: Chávez issued 26 laws last week, many of which resemble items in a constitutional reform package rejected by voters last December.
QUOTE: [Hugo Chávez's] government is once again riling critics with recent moves, such as the passage of a slew of new laws that resemble items in the rejected constitutional reform package and the banning of opposition candidates from upcoming mayoral and gubernatorial elections.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 11, 2008 Setback for White House on Visitor Logs
QUOTE: The Bush administration was dealt a setback on Friday in its efforts to keep records of White House visitors under wraps when an appeals court refused to throw out a lawsuit seeking access to the material. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that it would be premature to consider reversal of a lower court ruling last December that the White House visitor logs were public records, and that the administration should stop withholding them from scrutiny by outside groups.
New York Times Nov 03, 2007 New Life for Initiative to Apportion Electoral Vote
QUOTE: The initiative would ask voters to replace California’s winner-take-all system of allocating its 55 electoral college votes with one that parses the votes by Congressional district. It has attracted strong opposition from Democrats because it would transform California from a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections by handing the Republican nominee roughly 20 votes from safe Republican districts.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Papers? I Don’t See Any Papers. He says he's 'pro-disclosure,' but Bill has kept Hillary's White House files under wraps.
QUOTE: Nearly three years after the Clinton Library opened—and more than 21 months after its trove of records became subject to the Freedom of Information Act—barely one half of 1 percent of the 78 million pages of documents and 20 million e-mail messages at the federally funded facility are public, according to the National Archives. The lack of access is emerging as an issue in Hillary's presidential campaign: she cites her years of experience as First Lady as one of her prime qualifications to be president.
Newsweek Aug 23, 2007 White House Declares Office Off-Limits: Administrator of Missing E-Mails Not Subject to Open-Records Law, It Says
QUOTE: The Bush administration argued in court papers this week that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as part of its effort to fend off a civil lawsuit... [but] The claim... is at odds with a depiction of the office on the White House's own Web site.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2007 Right Urges Showdown With Democrats Over Judicial Nominees
QUOTE: as President Bush last week named four candidates to fill long-standing vacancies on federal appeals courts, conservative legal activists were spoiling for a fight over what they call the unfair treatment of the president's judicial nominees.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2007 White House Would Have Its Political Wing, Officially or Not
QUOTE: The White House Web site says the office's role is to ensure that the executive branch and the president are "aware of the concerns of the American citizen." A better way to put it, some presidential scholars say, is that the office's job is to further the president's political interests.
Washington Post Jul 14, 2007 White House Denies Request for Documents in Ex-NFL Player's Death
QUOTE: The White House has refused to give Congress documents about the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman...[because they may] "implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests."
Washington Post Jul 06, 2007 Clintons Accused Of Hypocrisy by The White House: After Senator Criticizes Libby Action, Administration Points at Her Husband
QUOTE: The White House responded angrily yesterday to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's statement that President Bush was acting "above the law" in commuting the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, accusing her of hypocrisy because of the pardons issued by her husband on the last day of his presidency.
Washington Post Jun 21, 2007 Cheney Power Grab: Says White House Rules Don’t Apply to Him
QUOTE: Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to Cheney.
ABC News Jun 19, 2007 'Signing Statements' Study Finds Administration Has Ignored Laws
QUOTE: President Bush has asserted that he is not necessarily bound by the bills he signs into law, and yesterday a congressional study found multiple examples in which the administration has not complied with the requirements of the new statutes.
Washington Post Jun 19, 2007 US agencies disobey 6 laws that president challenged: Officials regarded some as advisory
QUOTE: Federal officials have disobeyed at least six new laws that President Bush challenged in his signing statements, a government study disclosed yesterday. The report provides the first evidence that the government may have acted on claims by Bush that he can set aside laws under his executive powers.
Boston Globe May 17, 2007 Nixon Rides Again: It's only illegal when the president agrees it's illegal.
QUOTE: The story isn't who picked on a sick guy or even who did or didn't break laws. The story is who gets to decide what's legal. And the president's now-familiar claim, a la Richard Nixon, is that it's never illegal when he does it.
Slate Apr 25, 2007 Bush, Congress reach for war's reins: The showdown this week between President Bush and Congress on war funding is a constitutional issue over who controls the military.
QUOTE: At the heart of the dispute is a tension locked into the Constitution over who directs a war. As commander in chief, Bush says that he and generals on the ground determine the deployment of US forces, not members of Congress .... But many congressional experts see this week's confrontation over war funding as a critical test for a Congress that has long deferred to the White House over the conduct of the war.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 17, 2006 Will the Supreme Court shackle new tribunal law? Will the Supreme Court shackle new tribunal law?
QUOTE: The terror legislation set to be signed into law Tuesday by President Bush sits atop an ideological fault line that sharply divides the US Supreme Court and highlights the emerging power of Justice Anthony Kennedy. The new law rejects at least five key holdings by the liberal wing of the court and sets the stage for what many analysts believe will be yet another historic showdown between the courts, the president, and Congress.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 13, 2006 NSA Bill Performs a Patriot Act
QUOTE: "The administration has taken their illegal conduct in wiretapping Americans without court orders, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Constitution, and used it as springboard to not only get FISA changed to allow the Terrorist Surveillance Program, but to actually, going forward, not give protections to Americans' privacy rights."
Wired Sep 06, 2006 Bush Transfers 14 Key Suspects to Guantanamo: President Acknowledges Covert Detention Program
QUOTE: President Bush yesterday announced the transfer of the last 14 suspected terrorists held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said he wants to try them before U.S. military panels under proposed new rules he simultaneously sent to Congress.
Washington Post Aug 18, 2006 Judge Rules Against Wiretaps: NSA Program Called Unconstitutional
QUOTE: A federal judge in Detroit ordered a halt to the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, ruling for the first time that the controversial effort ordered by President Bush was unconstitutional.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 Administration and Critics, in Senate Testimony, Clash Over Eavesdropping Compromise
QUOTE: Senior Bush administration officials said Wednesday that it would be impractical for them to obtain individual warrants every time they needed to eavesdrop on a conversation suspected of involving Al Qaeda. They urged Congress to approve a proposal that critics said would give the president broad, unchecked powers.
New York Times Jul 24, 2006 Bush's Tactic of Refusing Laws Is Probed: Bar Association Panel Criticizes President's Many Challenges to Legislation
QUOTE: A panel of legal scholars and lawyers assembled by the American Bar Association is sharply criticizing the use of "signing statements" by President Bush that assert his right to ignore or not enforce laws passed by Congress.
Washington Post Jul 24, 2006 Legal Group Says Bush Undermines Law by Ignoring Select Parts of Bills
QUOTE: The American Bar Association said...that President Bush was flouting the Constitution and undermining the rule of law by claiming the power to disregard selected provisions of bills that he signed...These broad assertions of presidential power amount to a “line-item veto” and improperly deprive Congress of the opportunity to override the veto...
New York Times Jul 09, 2006 Bush Is Pressed on Reporting Domestic Surveillance
QUOTE: the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee has told President Bush that the administration is angering lawmakers, and possibly violating the law, by giving Congress too little information about domestic surveillance programs...which include warrantless wiretaps of some Americans' international phone calls and e-mails as well as the massive collection of telephone records involving U.S. homes and businesses.
Washington Post May 24, 2006 Search of Capitol Hill office creates another storm
QUOTE: the FBI had, for the first time, searched a congressional office...Typically, when there's a subpoena for congressional documents, it goes to the House or Senate legal counsel to make certain that congressional interests are being protected.
Christian Science Monitor May 15, 2006 Negroponte Had Denied Domestic Call Monitoring: Administration Won't Comment on NSA Logs
QUOTE: ...USA Today divulged details of the NSA's effort to log a majority of the telephone calls made within the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks....To many lawmakers and civil liberties advocates, the revelation seemed to fly in the face of months of public statements and assurances from President Bush and his aides...
Washington Post Feb 26, 2006 Specter Proposes NSA Surveillance Rules: Measure Would Make Administration Seek FISA Court's Permission to Eavesdrop
QUOTE: The federal government would have to obtain permission from a secret court to continue a controversial form of surveillance, which the National Security Agency now conducts without warrants, under a bill being proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).
Washington Post Feb 23, 2006 A War of Words: 'Declare' vs. 'Make' and Its Allies
QUOTE: "I don't think if you look at the constitutional text carefully that it carries that expansive reach," he asserted. "Note that the declare-war clause uses the word 'declare.' It doesn't use the word 'begin,' 'make,' 'authorize,' 'wage' or 'commence' war." Thus did Yoo reduce Congress's warmaking authority to a ceremonial role, much like its authority to declare a national Boy Scout recognition month.
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