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Former Vice-President and 2000 presidential candidate Al Gore gave a speech condemning Bush's usurpation of authority regarding the wire-tapping of various American citizens without the benefit of a warrant. Gore prepared a speech that while a little lengthy, comes down and tells some important points. Something to keep in mind though, as you read the speech. Gore was VP. Chances are he knew when Clinton might have wanted to execise such powers. The question to ask is did Clinton have these same type of operations running and how much did Al Gore know?
There are reasons for concern this time around that conditions may be changing and that the cycle [of presidential overreach during wartime] may not repeat itself. For one thing, we have for decades been witnessing the slow and steady accumulation of presidential power. In a global environment of nuclear weapons and cold war tensions, Congress and the American people accepted ever enlarging spheres of presidential initiative to conduct intelligence and counter intelligence activities and to allocate our military forces on the global stage. When military force has been used as an instrument of foreign policy or in response to humanitarian demands, it has almost always been as the result of presidential initiative and leadership. As Justice Frankfurter wrote in the Steel Seizure Case, "The accretion of dangerous power does not come in a day. It does come, however slowly, from the generative force of unchecked disregard of the restrictions that fence in even the most disinterested assertion of authority."
This is some of the commentary. More to come later.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 11:09 PM
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Yeah... I think there's no question the Clinton adminstration spied. Every administration tries to expand its power levels. The big question is did Bush break existing law when he authorized the wiretaps. It comes down to interpretation of presidential power in situations like this.
I don't think Gore's any saint either. I know the Clinton administration did thing without people's knowledge. They all do.
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