Monday, July 27, 2009

Yet One More Reason Why I Don't Regret Voting For Obama.

Let's face it, Barack Obama's done a credible job as President thus far, but he looks even better than he might otherwise simply because the guys that he's replacing were so freakin' inept. It's sorta like the White House version of Mike D'Antoni replacing Isaiah Thomas. Sorry to all the non-NBA-savvy readers I just alienated.

While we were busy talking about Gates-gate, look at the latest example of Bush Administration corruption that just dropped.
Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Mr. Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force.

A decision to dispatch troops into the streets to make arrests has few precedents in American history, as both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.

The Fourth Amendment bans “unreasonable” searches and seizures without probable cause. And the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits the military from acting in a law enforcement capacity.

In the discussions, Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose.
To every wingnut that swears Obama is "dismantling the Constitution", your silence is deafening. I'm still waiting to see that TeaBagger's Ball. I am not holding my breath.

Question: Did the Bush Administration do anything good, or were their few positive gains strictly accidental and in spite of themselves?

Bush Weighed Using Military in U.S. Arrests [NYT]

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