Cthies@su.edu writes: In the House Judiciary Cmte, Jeff Flake came up with an amendment that hits the nail on the head on wire taps, etc. His amendment says
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, Sep 21, 2006
House Judiciary Cmte, Jeff Flake came up with an amendment that hits the nail
on the head on wire taps, etc.
His amendment says that the President
has inherent authority in intelligence, etc., under the Constitution, and that
the Congress has the power to regulate these matters, reference Article 1,
Section 8, "to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and
Joining with him were Representative Hofstettler of
Indiana (the only Republican in the House to join with Ron Paul is voting
against the authorization of the use of force in Iraq), and Representative Tom
Feeney of Florida (another one of the good guys in Congress who was in the
Florida state legislature when the Congress voted on the use of force in
Iraq), as well as several Democrats.
Notice that Jeff recognizes both
the authority (even the obligation) of the President to protect this country,
but that this power is not unchecked (or checked only by the blunt instrument
of cutting off funding).
Temporarily opposing him was Representative
Don Lungren of California, a more or less unalloyed conservative. He
dismissed the Section 8 authority of the Congress to regulate, and said that
Congress could only check the President via the power of the purse.
This, I think, is (or was) the administration's view (or one of the
It was at this point that Tom Feeney spoke up
and pointed out that the amendment affirmed both executive and congressional
authorities, and basically allayed the conservatives on the Republican side of
At that point, there was no longer opposition to the
amendment, and it passed unanimously on a voice vote.
It made me very
pround to be a libertarian-Republican to see that, even during a time of war,
a few of us could be persuasive, and could appeal to the best concerns of both
liberals and conservatives. I don't think it would have been possible
for just one of us to have accomplished what Jeff accomplished, but with three
libertarian voices, it was possible.
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