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Don’t We Have a Constitution, Not a King?
By Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet

As the nation focused on whether Congress would exercise its constitutional duty to cut funding for the war, Bush quietly issued an unconstitutional bombshell that went virtually unnoticed by the corporate media.

The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, signed on May 9, 2007, would place all governmental power in the hands of the President and effectively abolish the checks and balances in the Constitution.

If a “catastrophic emergency” — which could include a terrorist attack or a natural disaster — occurs, Bush’s new directive says: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”

What about the other two co-equal branches of government? The directive throws them a bone by speaking of a “cooperative effort” among the three branches, “coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers.” The Vice-President would help to implement the plans.

“Comity,” however, means courtesy, and the President would decide what kind of respect for the other two branches of government would be “proper.” This Presidential Directive is a blatant power grab by Bush to institutionalize “the unitary executive.”

A seemingly innocuous phrase, the unitary executive theory actually represents a radical, ultra rightwing interpretation of the powers of the presidency. Championed by the conservative Federalist Society, the unitary executive doctrine gathers all power in the hands of the President and insulates him from any oversight by the congressional or judicial branches.

In a November 2000 speech to the Federalist Society, then Judge Samuel Alito said the Constitution “makes the president the head of the executive branch, but it does more than that. The president has not just some executive powers, but the executive power — the whole thing.”

These “unitarians” claim that all federal agencies, even those constitutionally created by Congress, are beholden to the Chief Executive, that is, the President. This means that Bush could disband agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Reserve Board, etc., if they weren’t to his liking.

Indeed, Bush signed an executive order stating that each federal agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee. Consumer advocates were concerned that this directive was aimed at weakening the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The unitary executive dogma represents audacious presidential overreaching into the constitutional province of the other two branches of government.

This doctrine took shape within the Bush administration shortly after 9/11. On September 25, 2001, former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo used the words “unitary executive” in a memo he wrote for the White House: “The centralization of authority in the president alone is particularly crucial in matters of national defense, war, and foreign policy, where a unitary executive can evaluate threats, consider policy choices, and mobilize national resources with a speed and energy that is far superior to any other branch.” Six weeks later, Bush began using that phrase in his signing statements.

As of December 22, 2006, Bush had used the words “unitary executive” 145 times in his signing statements and executive orders. Yoo, one of the chief architects of Bush’s doctrine of unfettered executive power, wrote memoranda advising Bush that because he was commander in chief, he could make war any time he thought there was a threat, and he didn’t have to comply with the Geneva Conventions.

In a 2005 debate with Notre Dame professor Doug Cassel, Yoo argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering that a young child of a suspect in custody be tortured, even by crushing the child’s testicles.

The unitary executive theory has already cropped up in Supreme Court opinions. In his lone dissent in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Justice Clarence Thomas cited “the structural advantages of a unitary Executive.” He disagreed with the Court that due process demands an American citizen held in the United States as an enemy combatant be given a meaningful opportunity to contest the factual basis for that detention before a neutral decision maker. Thomas wrote, “Congress, to be sure, has a substantial and essential role in both foreign affairs and national security. But it is crucial to recognize that judicial interference in these domains destroys the purpose of vesting primary responsibility in a unitary Executive.”

Justice Thomas’s theory fails to recognize why our Constitution provides for three co-equal branches of government.

In 1926, Justice Louis Brandeis explained the constitutional role of the separation of powers. He wrote, “The doctrine of the separation of powers was adopted by the convention of 1787 not to promote efficiency but to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. The purpose was not to avoid friction, but, by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of the governmental powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy.”

Eighty years later, noted conservative Grover Norquist, describing the unitary executive theory, echoed Brandeis’s sentiment. Norquist said, “you don’t have a constitution; you have a king.”

One wonders what Bush & Co. are setting up with the new Presidential Directive. What if, heaven forbid, some sort of catastrophic event were to occur just before the 2008 election? Bush could use this directive to suspend the election. This administration has gone to great lengths to remain in Iraq. It has built huge permanent military bases and pushed to privatize Iraq’s oil. Bush and Cheney may be unwilling to relinquish power to a successor administration.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, and the US representative to the executive committee of the American Association of Jurists. Her new book, Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law, will be published in July. Her articles are archived at http://www.marjoriecohn.com/.

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved

June 6, 2007 Posted by | 1984, bush, orwell, propaganda | Leave a comment

Minitrue workers needed!

The Ministry of Love is hoping to subcontract some of its work to workers at the Ministry of Truth.
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We need assistance with our ongoing, online promotional efforts to attract more copies of the Book.
If you can devote two or more hours a week to the Cause, please contact O’Brien.
Thank you.

May 23, 2007 Posted by | 1984, orwell | 2 Comments

April Update – 161 books needed

We apologize for the lapse in communication…we were very busy preparing for another Hate Week.
We have sent all the copies of 1984 in our possession, leaving 166 Inner Party Members yet to be indoctrinated.
Following are the House Inner Party Members who have not yet received copies.
The Senate Inner Party Members have been re-educated fullwise by now.
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Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Deal
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Drake
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards
Ehlers
Emerson
English
Etheridge
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Forbes
Fortenberry
Fossella
Foxx
Franks
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett
Gerlach
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Granger
Graves
Hall
Hastings
Hayes
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth
Higgins
Hobson
Hoekstra
Holden
Hulshof
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Jindal
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Keller
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kuhl
LaHood
Latham
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas
Lungren
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCaul
McCotter
McCrery
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moore
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Norwood
Nunes
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Pomeroy
Porter
Price (GA)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Reichert
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Royce
Ryan
Salazar
Saxton
Schmidt
Scott
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Spratt
Stearns
Sullivan
Tancredo
Tanner
Taylor (MS)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weller
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

April 2, 2007 Posted by | 1984, congress, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell | 3 Comments

Second Shipment is a Glorious Success!

All Inner Party Members of the Senate, persons and unpersons, have now been shipped copies of the Book.
New video to be posted as soon as we can edit it.
Our mission is 44% complete. We need 174 more copies to re-educate fullwise the Inner Party Members of the House.
Send your copies to:
Ministry of Love
Box 655
Guilford, CT 06437

February 28, 2007 Posted by | 1984, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell | 3 Comments

Second Shipment Scheduled

In honor of President’s Day, we have been preparing another shipment of The Book.
This time, we will ship 1984 to every Inner Party Member of the Senator who voted for the MCA and did not lose his/her job in the Great November Purge.

These 60 packages will be sent out tomorrow, since the Post Office is closed today in deference to Our Glorious Leader (pictured below)
You Forgot Poland

This will conclude Miniluv’s re-education of the Senate, thereby leaving approximately 200 Inner Party Members of the House remaining to be re-educated. Our book reserves will be depleted fullwise…therefore we need your copies of 1984 right away! About two hundred copies will complete our mission.

Meanwhile, did you know about the Warner Act?

February 19, 2007 Posted by | 1984, congress, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell | Leave a comment

Senator Dodd joins Miniluv!

Not really, but he’s trying to restore Habeas Corpus all the same. Sign up to help him at restore-habeas.org

And he’s running for President.

February 15, 2007 Posted by | 1984, Chris Dodd, congress, human rights, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell | 1 Comment

Now on your telescreen: the Ministry of Love video!

mailing

Go behind the scenes with actual agents from the Ministry of Love as they prepare a book mailing!

February 2, 2007 Posted by | 1984, bush, congress, george orwell, guantanamo, House of Representatives, human rights, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell, propaganda, torture | 3 Comments

Montanans Unite for Miniluv!

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We have received a promise of 30 new books from Comrade Longsine of Montana, coincidentally the home state of a certain senator whose name escapes our memory at the moment.
We thank Comrade Longsine, and his co-conspirators: Comrades Evans, Ham, Klinger,
Miller, Naples, Parks, Puttkammer, and Setzer
. We are also grateful to Shakespeare & Company who will be supplying the books.
Once received, this donation will bring our collection total to 116, or 37% of our goal!

January 6, 2007 Posted by | 1984, congress, george orwell, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell, propaganda | 2 Comments

Dayorder 12.30.06

A glorious victory: the Ministry of Love has recently shipped copies of the book to several dozen unpersons.
Video of this historic event will be posted shortly.
Today, we are indebted to Comrade Paglino of Ohio and Comrade Loftis of New York, who have brought our collection total to 86 books. This represents 27% of our goal!
Meanwhile, we are still accepting copies of 1984 at:
PO Box 655
Guilford, CT 06437
In other news, we wish to share with you photographs of actual members of the Ministry of Love, who recently emerged from their underground headquarters to mourn the passing of the United States Constitution.
Here you see the gravesite where the Constitution was laid to its eternal rest.
The gravesite
Mourners gather to pay their respects to the document. This small child was especially upset.
Mourners at the gravesite
Finally, Comrade Cobb reads the eulogy.
Reading the eulogy

December 30, 2006 Posted by | 1984, congress, george orwell, human rights, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell, propaganda | 5 Comments

First Shipment Scheduled

We have scheduled our first shipment of The Book for this week.
We will be shipping to all unpersons about to be vaporized, as well as all other Inner Party Member of the Senate who voted for torture.
All representatives from the Ministry of Truth are invited to witness the proceedings.
Please contact us at our email address for additional information.
We are, however, still accepting books for the Inner Party Members who survived the Purge.
Please ship them to:
Box 655
Guilford, CT
06437

December 13, 2006 Posted by | 1984, MCA, military commissions, Military Commissions Act, orwell, torture | 3 Comments