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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bill Clinton wanted to search your house without a warrant

By Aussiegirl

Stop the presses! Bill Clinton believed he had authority as President to authorize warrantless searches, and the NYT didn't repair to its fainting couch -- how come?

Byron York on Bill Clinton & No-Warrant Searches on National Review Online

In a little-remembered debate from 1994, the Clinton administration argued that the president has "inherent authority" to order physical searches — including break-ins at the homes of U.S. citizens — for foreign intelligence purposes without any warrant or permission from any outside body. Even after the administration ultimately agreed with Congress's decision to place the authority to pre-approve such searches in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, President Clinton still maintained that he had sufficient authority to order such searches on his own.

1 Comments:

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

Congratulations, Aussiegirl! I just visited Gopinion.com, and guess what! I found that they had picked up this post of yours, with its very witty intro, and demonstrated to one and all that they have good taste when it comes to finding pithy, well-written posts. I think it was "repair to its fainting couch" which got their attention. Typical Aussiegirl wit.

 

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