Friday, December 30, 2005

Right After 9/11, Bush Wanted War Powers For Use Inside The United States

One aspect of Tom Daschle's recent op-ed in the Washington Post (which I linked to here) escaped my notice. Thanks to Will Bunch for pointing it out.

Let's look at Barton Gellman's story from last Friday's Post (my emphasis):
The Bush administration requested, and Congress rejected, war-making authority "in the United States" in negotiations over the joint resolution passed days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to an opinion article by former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) in today's Washington Post. ...

Daschle's article reveals an important new episode in the resolution's legislative history.

As drafted, and as finally passed, the resolution authorized the president "to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons" who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Literally minutes before the Senate cast its vote, the administration sought to add the words 'in the United States and' after 'appropriate force' in the agreed-upon text," Daschle wrote. "This last-minute change would have given the president broad authority to exercise expansive powers not just overseas -- where we all understood he wanted authority to act -- but right here in the United States, potentially against American citizens. I could see no justification for Congress to accede to this extraordinary request for additional authority. I refused." ...

Republican legislators involved in the negotiations could not be reached for comment last night.
So ... has anyone bothered to get a comment from these fascists in the last seven days?

1 comment:

VarmintCong said...

Yet, how many prominent Democrats are speaking out???

There are more moderate and disgruntled Republicans speaking out then there are weakling Democrats, who refure to strick their neck out on the politcal wire (save Charles Schumer).

How do these Deomcrats in the House ever expect to gain control? The time has come to force the issue on the table.\

Downing Street Memo, the Plame Leak, now domestic spying???

Hold this man-child president responsible for his mindless actions, PLEASE, someone....