{ An Autopsy of Democracy }

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Quotes of the month

"Watergate and a lot of things around Watergate and Vietnam, both during the '70s served, I think, to erode the authority ... the president needs to be effective, especially in the national security area. . . . I believe in a strong, robust executive authority. . . . The president of the United States needs to have his constitutional powers unimpaired. I do think [the pendulum has] swung back. ... I do think that to some extent now, we've been able to restore the legitimate authority of the presidency."
--Cheney, speaking favorably of Iran-Contra, using the NSA to spy on Americans without a court order, and various other scandals "totally appropriate and consistent with the constitutional authority of the president."

"It's more power than King George III had at the time of the revolution in asserting the theory that anything the president thinks is helpful to fighting the war against terrorism, he can do."
--Bruce Fein, a former associate deputy attorney-general in the Ronald Reagan administration (of the NSA spying scandal)


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