bush and the constitution, a historical perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan Locke on January 14, 2009

The Christian Science Monitor has a pretty good article about Bush, the Constitution, and how history might view their interaction.  It’s rare to see articles that approach Bush from a legal history perspective, so check it out here.

Many legal scholars question President Bush’s claim to unilateral power as commander in chief in the war on terror. And experts will long debate his aggressive approach to the fight against Al Qaeda – authorizing warrantless wiretaps within the US, secret kidnappings of terror suspects, coercive interrogation tactics, and military commissions with stripped-down legal protections.

But even Mr. Bush’s harshest critics must concede that on his watch the country remained free of further terrorist atrocities following the 9/11 attacks.

The deeper question is at what price?

At the heart of the debate over Bush’s legacy is a fundamental difference in outlook over what it means to remain faithful to the constitutional protections laid down by America’s founding generation.


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