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  •  Congress has the power (1+ / 0-)
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    To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

    Congress can establish a tribunal and call the President to stand in front of it and be tried
    for any law it decides may be necessary and proper.

    It can call up the militia to enforce its laws or declare those who act to obstruct its justice felons and outlaws, then issue Letters of Margue to bring them in dead or alive and if it needs more power raise armies and navies to go after them.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 02:05:12 PM PDT

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    •  What? (1+ / 0-)
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      Congress has the power to declare people felons?!  I guess your eyes glazed over the Bill of Attainder Clause?!

      •  Congress has the power (0+ / 0-)

        (see below)
        to set up tribunals
        to make laws and rules for the government. Those can include making contempt of Congress, refusal to comply with its supoenas, and anything else it likes felonies.

        Congress has the power to exercise exclusive legislation over the District of Columbia.

        Its not a bill of attainder if Congress passes the law first. That may be one reason Congress has approved but not issued the supoenas.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 02:41:59 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, congress can declare all sorts of things (1+ / 0-)
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          to be felonies.  But it cannot declare a person a felon.  Congress cannot itself try offenses.  See Art. I & III.

          •  It can define as a felony actions (0+ / 0-)

            which are against any of the laws it has made.

            If it suspects that when it issues supoenas the person to whom they are issued will ignore them, then it can pass a law making such a contempt of Congress, (and by Congress we mean the representatives of We the People), a felony and add that when its aided or abeted by the whitehouse a treasonous tyrany punishable by death, and then issue Letters of Margue empowering bounty hunters to bring the felon or felons before Congress dead or alive...

            Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

            by rktect on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 06:44:39 PM PDT

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