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Cheney�s Law - constrain the president and the...

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Cheney’s Law Two sides of the argument Presidential Power is Good o For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy -- without congressional approval or judicial review. o The vice president believes that Congress has very few powers to actually
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Unformatted text preview: constrain the president and the executive branch. • Presidential Power is Bad o There was a lot of secretive activity and there were some secretive documents that were passed o During this time a lot of the decisions were coming from Cheney’s lawyer dominates Bush’s lawyer. • How did 9/11 and Iraq War intensify the debate o After Sept. 11, Cheney and Addington were determined to implement their vision -- in secret. The vice president and his counsel found an ally in John Yoo, a lawyer at the Justice Department's extraordinarily powerful Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). In concert with Addington, Yoo wrote memoranda authorizing the president to act with unparalleled authority....
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