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Friday, 25 August 2006 05:59

Reader Contribution: Bush Bumps Into The Constitution

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A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

Dear Buzz,

President Bush persists in thinking -- or wishing us to believe -- that his Commander in Chief powers give him the authority to wiretap Americans inside America without bothering to get a warrant. He is wrong.

The Constitution makes him Commander in Chief over ONLY the military, not the entire American populace: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States ..."

True, he can wiretap anyone outside the United States without a warrant, but there is NO provision in the Constitution that permits him to wiretap any conversation of anyone inside the United States -- no matter to whom that person is talking. He must obtain a warrant.

Mr. Bush can assert, allege and claim till the cows come home, but he will still not be Commander in Chief over anyone except the military. He must abide by the laws of the land and the Constitution -- the Constitution that he twice swore on the Bible to "preserve, protect and defend."

In America, no one is above the law, not even George W. Bush.

There is one more Constitutional provision that Mr. Bush seems to have overlooked and that is Congress's power "To declare War ... and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." The president has no Constitutional power to "make Rules concerning Captures on Land," such as he has done when he has "authorized" the "capture" of men in foreign lands and imprisoned them in Guantanamo.

We are told Mr. Bush has read 60 books, so far, this year (yeah, sure); maybe he could take time in his busy reading schedule to read the Constitution of the United States. We would all be safer for it.

A BuzzFlash Reader

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION 

Source:

The Constitution of the United States

Article I. - The Legislative Branch
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
"To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;"

Article II. - The Executive Branch
Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military
"The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;"

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html