Dubious arguments

Alberto Gonzalez defended the President’s domestic espionage program today.

The biggest thing I see wrong with his statements is that they could apply equally well to anything: if those arguments are acceptable in this case, why do they not also allow the President to order summary execution of anyone suspected of involvement with an enemy? Does this theory acknowledge any limits at all to executive power?

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Published in: on January 24, 2006 at 16:43  Comments (6)  
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  1. Does this theory acknowledge any limits at all to executive power?
    No. Which is why a lot of people are uncomfortable with all that – in particular, the traditional, limited government conservatives.
    http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/impeachment.htm

  2. Does this theory acknowledge any limits at all to executive power?
    No. Which is why a lot of people are uncomfortable with all that – in particular, the traditional, limited government conservatives.
    http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/impeachment.htm

  3. See, there the liberal elite goes again engaging in scare-mongering. There are most defiantly limits to the presidents power, as was explicitly stated by Mr. Alberto “No problem!” Gonzales: The president can only do what is “necessary and appropriate”, which I think it goes without saying only the president knowns *exactly* what is necessary and appropriate.

    What scares me is that it might not have been illegal. I can totally see the possibility that patriot act was so badly and vaguely worded that the legislature did abdicate all their power to the president for as long as the president wanted it. While that might not allow the president to do anything he wanted, it could be far too close.

  4. See, there the liberal elite goes again engaging in scare-mongering. There are most defiantly limits to the presidents power, as was explicitly stated by Mr. Alberto “No problem!” Gonzales: The president can only do what is “necessary and appropriate”, which I think it goes without saying only the president knowns *exactly* what is necessary and appropriate.

    What scares me is that it might not have been illegal. I can totally see the possibility that patriot act was so badly and vaguely worded that the legislature did abdicate all their power to the president for as long as the president wanted it. While that might not allow the president to do anything he wanted, it could be far too close.

  5. US power…
    There’s also this creepy tidbit.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-06-13-gitmo_x.htm
    -Dami

  6. US power…
    There’s also this creepy tidbit.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-06-13-gitmo_x.htm
    -Dami


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