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Unformatted text preview: Under the Constitution, the president's power to issue pardons is absolute and cannot be overruled. One hot topic of discussion related to pardons is whether Bush might decide to issue pre-emptive pardons before he leaves office to government employees who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Some constitutional scholars and human rights groups want the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to investigate possible war crimes. If Bush were to pardon anyone involved, it would provide protection against criminal charges, particularly for people who were following orders or trying to protect the nation with their actions. But it would also be highly controversial. At the same time, Obama advisers say there is little if any chance that his administration would bring criminal charges....
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POLI 201 taught by Professor Bee-yatch during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
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