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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Scalia on War Powers

deja vu?

The White House has been claiming that the president has absolute command over the Armed Forces and can disregard the will of Congress. They might be surprised to learn that case law may not be on their side:

"[E]xcept for the actual command of military forces, all authorization for their maintenance and all explicit authorization for their use is placed in the control of Congress under Article I, rather than the President under Article II." Anthony Scalia in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld 542 U.S. 507 (2004).

Am I the only one who thinks that the actions of a "decider" seem to be very close to those of a "dictator"?

1 comment:

naj said...

Hi Green,

I'm curious about what it is that you see in Iran and don't like. I'm very curious about people's impression of Iran, because I have often found the perceptions misguided. That's why I made a little blog, to answer some of the questions that I received on a daily basis, as an Iranian woman living in North America.

Please feel free to drop by.
Cheers
Naj