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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Learning about executive privilege

"Executive Privilege is the power claimed by the President of the United States and other members of the executive branch to resist certain search warrants and other interventions by the legislative and judicial branches of government. The concept of executive privilege is not mentioned in the United States Constitution, but some consider it to be an element of the separation of powers doctrine, and/or derived from the supremacy of executive branch in its own area of Constitutional activity.[1]

Presidents since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have argued that each branch of government may operate with some degree of freedom from the control or supervision of the others.[citation needed] The Supreme Court confirmed the legitimacy of this doctrine in United States v. Nixon, but only to the extent of confirming that it can be invoked when the oversight of the executive would impair that branch's national security concerns.

Historically, the uses of executive privilege underscore the untested nature of the doctrine, since Presidents have generally sidestepped open confrontations with Congress and the courts over the issue by first asserting the privilege, then producing some of the documents requested on an assertedly voluntary basis."

Ok I got that quote from Wikipedia.

This is me trying to understand how someone could claim executive privilege if not part of the executive branch of the government. I know that politics is a game, but having a "second in command" who does not feel accountable to those who voted him into office and more sinister thinks he runs the country is extremely dangerous.

This is provided that everything that is being said is true. With so many lies that have come out of the White House, why wouldn't we as Americans believe this?
So let's look back and see if the world would have been a better place without Cheney as VP?

Who pushed for the war in Iraq?
Who tried to legitimize torture?
Who pushed for wire tapping Americans?

This would be the time for all the checks and balances to be pushed to stop this false escalation of power from a rouge agent.


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