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  •  They created no laws. (4.00)
    "I believe they created the special laws for this reason"

    They created no laws. They have no authority to create laws. The Executive Branch is charged by the Constitution with enforcing the law. The Legislative Branch makes the law and acts as a check to the power of the Executive Branch. The president hid what he was doing to avoid oversight. The little that they told congressional leaders was overlaid with threats to prevent them from performing their oversight duties.

    They broke the law.

    •  Laws (none)
      Thanks for the clarification - I misspoke and obviously I'm not clear on this, so thanks again.  While I know the legislative branch creates laws, I hadn't thought about this aspect - was just thinking Bush created some special power for himself to use, and I was mistakenly calling it a law.  

      But now I am not sure exactly what they created, in order to assume the power to do the special surveillance.  I know they created secret legal opinions that supposedly justify these powers that the executive branch assumed.  But didn't he create some type of order, or program to do this?  Or did he just have his legal experts examine the Constitution and deem that he was within his rights to pursue his surveillance program?

      "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

      by joanneleon on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 09:15:40 AM PST

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