Friday, June 30, 2006



“The President has staked out powers that are a
universe beyond any other Administration. This
President has made claims that are really quite
alarming. He's said that there are no restraints on
his ability, as he sees it, to collect intelligence,
to open mail, to commit torture, and to use electronic
surveillance. If you used the President's reasoning,
you could shut down Congress for leaking too much.
His war powers allow him to declare anyone an illegal
combatant. All the world's a battlefield -- according
to this view, he could kill someone in Lafayette Park
if he wants! It's got the sense of Louis XIV: 'I am
the State.' "

– Bruce Fein, a Republican
legal activist, and associate Deputy Attorney
General in the Reagan Justice Department.


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