01 August 2008

Constitutional Limits of Executive Power

Link to video of July 25th, 2008 House Judiciary Committee Hearing:


This video is essential viewing. Really, if you care about holding members of the Bush Administration to account for their various improprieties you owe it to yourself to watch this.

Here's a description from the c-span site:
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations" to examine legal and legislative responses to allegations of misconduct and the expansion of executive branch power by the Bush administration. Topics include allegations of: (1) improper politicization of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys offices, including potential misuse of authority with regard to election and voting controversies; (2) misuse of executive branch authority and the adoption and implementation of the so-called unitary executive theory, including in the areas of presidential signing statements and regulatory authority; (3) misuse of investigatory and detention authority with regard to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, including questions regarding the legality of the administration's surveillance, detention, interrogation, and rendition programs; (4) manipulation of intelligence and misuse of war powers, including possible misrepresentations to Congress related thereto; (5) improper retaliation against administration critics, including disclosing information concerning CIA operative Valerie Plame, and obstruction of justice related thereto; and (6) misuse of authority in denying Congress and the American people the ability to oversee and scrutinize conduct within the administration, including through the use of various asserted privileges and immunities.

1 comment:

  1. Two words that made America.
    By Erick Nothsman 4Jul2008
    To achive full control. One must extract all hope.
    I've met men that have fought, many Wars. Stories have been written. Legends, have been told. Of the Faith, it takes, to keep, "Liberty".
    Coming together. With desire, of a teenager, in LOVE. So powerfully, induced, by, desire. Objectives are mire obstacles. Only, offering a challenge. To be overcome… In achieve individual, "Liberty" & "Freedom".
    The Governing Powers, continue to demand, "NO". This cannot happen ! But Our true existance, as humans, is, the Nature of Liberty & Freedom.
    On this date 4 July 2008, Notice is distributed. as follows :
    "Freedom" & "Liberty" of America, is "BREACHED". The States, "United, as, of America". Have systematically, infringed individual Rights. Using, deception, coercion, fooling individuals into giving up Rights , that one cannot give up for another. "Rights", Guaranteed By Contractual Agreement. Between, "United States of America", as Governing body, by CHOICE. Joined together as "The People" to protect, "individuals" from Oppressive Governments infringements’ of "Rights".
    Document referred to as "Constitution of United States of America" Signed & Sealed, as agreed on, 4 July 1776. Binding, Individuals , and Government, together as Parties, identified as, "The People."
    This agreement has been BREACHED ! Rights, go to the, "INDIVIDUAL FIRST." All States, Bound to Federal Government, by agreement. Presently Identified as Governments, of the " States, of America.". Each acting individually, and with others, has damaged, and, continues to damage, all citizens covered under the afore mentioned agreement. "The Constitution of the United States of America.".
    Long ago there were discussion. About Desires. As a Powerful Force. Individuals, Government, Intellectual Medical Community of Individuals, and others, agree. Desire is, "Something that deserves control.".
    What about desire for, "Liberty" ?
    Described Simply as an, inducement. A tool, used to induce/ Give, Chemical imbalances to individuals, and groups of species, existing as biological life forms. . Tools, evolving Controls, over individuals, Groups, Governments, and Worlds. Tools used to hold Power. Tools used to take Power.
    Inalienable, "Rights". Are, "LIFE" & "LIBERTY".
    All that is, for human kind, in America, are those two words .