Sunday, December 18, 2005

Unprecedented Power

In the hands of one of the most ill-prepared presidents ever. And the logic Bush has used runs counter to precedent: stare decisis. Hey, it's just a piece of paper. I'm a Bush! We don't need no stinkin paper.

The 4th Amendment protects Americans from "unreasonable searches and seizures" by the government, said then-Justice Lewis F. Powell, a Nixon appointee, delivering the court's ruling, and such freedoms "cannot be properly guaranteed if domestic security surveillances are conducted solely within the discretion of the executive branch."


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