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  •  I understand (none)
    what you're saying but if that were the case then why the need to prohibit any and all judicial review of said suspension of any and all laws?

    Orwell is spinning in his grave

    by tlh lib on Tue Feb 08, 2005 at 09:37:00 AM PST

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    •  Dunno. (none)
      Maybe so some blogger doesn't file suit the day after said suspension and bring construction to a screeching halt yet again?
      •  Then Congress could specifically exempt (none)
        the project from federal environmental laws. It did not do that. Rather, it gave the Secretary of Homeland Security - an executive official - unreviewable authority to suspend whatever law (including state law) that he, in his sole discretion, thinks impedes the project. That's rather a horse of a different color. See below.
        •  OK, but maybe then a problem (none)
          with zoning laws or contracting laws comes up. I mean, we have these laws for good reasons, but isn't the body that makes the laws qualified to identify an instance where exceptions should be made in the interest of national security?
          •  Then it should explicitly name the exceptions (none)
            rather than delegating unlimited, unreviewable power to ignore all law that an official, in his sole discretion, deems appropriate.

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