Saturday, July 07, 2007

It may have been the Vice President's idea...


John Yoo
Originally from tiny_painting.
... but it turns out that John Yoo wrote it.

In a Frontline interview, Mr. Yoo noted that the role of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department
is to interpret the Constitution and federal laws on behalf of the president and the attorney general. This is extremely important in peacetime, but in wartime it's of the utmost importance, because war, just by its nature, expands the power of the presidency and expands the power of the national government as a whole. Most of the things that happen in wartime have never come up for a decision by the courts, so it's really the attorney general, the Justice Department and the president who have had the primary role throughout our history of interpreting the powers of the president, the powers of the government in war.
Got it. War expands the power of the President. The President, with counsel from the Justice Department, interprets the powers of the President.

I guess the Judicial and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government are just dressing alongside the turkey.

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