H.R.104 - To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties.

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  • Official: To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties. as introduced.

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  • zepickens 01/15/2009 5:23am
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  • dnoon 01/26/2009 5:50pm
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  • hank 02/09/2009 7:44pm

    Only Congress has the power to declare war. Make a law to remove any member of the executive that breaks this since it’s unconstitutional, and they’ve broken their oath.

  • saintc 02/15/2009 8:56am

    Too many unanswered questions. We acted way too fast and the authority of the Bush administration stepped way over the line in my opinion. It is extremely important to this nation to determine whether or not the administration acted unconstitutionally or improperly and whether or not any unconstitutional policies currently remain in place therefrom, i.e. the Patriot Act and if so, immediately instigate procedures to correct them.

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    thedestiney 08/11/2009 7:45pm

    I completely agree. It is very important to hold the President accountable for his actions. I can’t believe people disagree with this bill. At worst, they will conclude that the Bush administration was innocent, but it will not be wasted time. It will demonstrate that we are a country that holds the constitution very highly. It will be a benefit to this country to have a commission on Presidential powers in the future.

  • dogwoodforest1 02/15/2009 9:10am

    Is what he did any different then what was done during WWII there were extraordinary measures taken then. Warrantless wire taps detention of thousands of Americans. During Vietnam protesters were photographed and monitored was that legal? So if you want to investigate one I say investigate them all. Start with Lincoln and move on to Roosevelt Kennedy and then Bush. If you are going to see if what one President did was legal treat them all the same regardless of their political affiliation.

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    MTPatriot 03/08/2009 6:38am

    I can not tell if you are serious or merely being facetious. I would think that you would want to start with the most recent issues. What good is it to prove that a president 100 years ago screwed us? We can not dig up and try a dead man. However, we can imprison past and current presidents and members of Congress and Senate that commit and have committed acts of treason. It is just a matter of getting enough citizens with torches and pitchforks outside of the capitol and white house to demand that these injustices be remedied.

  • saintc 02/15/2009 10:12am

    Doesn’t make it any less unconstitutional. However, just because errors were made yesterday, does not mean we should allow the same errors to be repeated today and if they are, and they indeed were, we should rectify the problems to protect our citizens of tomorrow. Else historic blunders will be repeated. Bottom line is that we have a constitution that needs to be followed by our government. It is our patriotic duty to look into this issue.

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  • jventers 02/26/2009 9:30am
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    I agree with putting it to rest. Congress needs to review and stay on top of these situations, but if every time we need to take military action we have to run it through congress, we will be in trouble!

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    MTPatriot 03/08/2009 7:52am

    In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge…“SAY WHAT!?!” It must not be clear to you the difference between WAR and MILITARY ACTION. Which is actually understandable considering the course of action this country has taken over the last 200+ years.

    The interpretation of the Constitution is a bit hazy in the absolute clarity of “declaration of war”, but the general understanding was that in order for the United States to go to war it was the role of Congress to approve such action. That seems to be debatable. The War Powers Act of 1973 was drafted in an effort to clarify the situation, but only added to confusion. Clear as mud comes to mind. I think ultimately it simply says that in order for the USofA to go to WAR it should be a decision made by 2 arms of our 3 branch system. This way no one has the power to go to war without agreed consent. Hmmm…interesting notion.

  • MTPatriot 03/08/2009 8:07am
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    I agree with this resolution. Minus the little added portion of traveling and per diem expenses. Is this not what they are paid to do? I do think this resolution should go one step further and include investigation into the legality of the Patriot Act.

  • ramanajan 03/23/2009 9:06pm

    I think we should also investigate every single member of congress. I believe there is an abundance of illegal activity, including income tax evasion.

  • DianaAmerican 04/13/2009 9:02pm

    I agee with Samuel Adams, for all who do not like The USA, Liberty and Freedom.

    “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

  • henhousefox 04/30/2009 3:03pm
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    Noooooooooo! Already too many layers of government.

  • thorvaldr 05/05/2009 7:08am

    This ridiculous partisan witch hunt is not acceptable.

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    cmstever 11/06/2009 11:41pm

    yeah who wants to prosecute criminals. politicians are above such things.

  • sethlenara 05/05/2009 8:09pm

    GOP House leader damn well better not support this moronic bill. Members of Congress were briefed about interrogation techniques and now they lie and say they never heard of it. Why does the current president not also release the documentation/results obtained from the use of these interrogation techniques? Note I used the word interrogation, not torture, torture is actually done by Saudi princes’, anyone see that video? Gotta wonder where all the indignation of the American press is when real torture is being done. Silent. Surprise, surprise.

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    pramsey 08/10/2009 2:27pm

    I agree, from what I remember this was passed through Congress and they agreed, until it was politically convenient to change their tune. Lets fix the problems we have by cleaning house, both houses of congress and both sides of the isle. 21+ years Navy/Navy Reserve has taught me one thing. You can only believe half of what a career politician says in public and none of what they say in private. In either case, stand by until they change their mind. Like the weather in New England, If you don’t like it right now, wait a few minutes, it will change!

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    Chillster1912 10/13/2009 12:00pm

    I am tired of this obsession with Bush.. I beat Gore and he beat Kerry fair and square. These people that are sitting here expressing there 1st amendment rights should openly thank GW for keeping us safe. If you have nothing to hide why worry about it! I do not see anyone calling for investigations of Clinton, or Obama. Believe me neither one of these guys is an angel! This partison BS is not helping anyone. Focus on what is at hand.

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    cmstever 11/06/2009 11:57pm

    you don’t actually think he kept us safe, do you? Clinton defiantly needs to be investigated, Obama has not been in office for more than a year what are you talking about. they don’t have to be angles they just have to up hold the laws made by congress.

    If bush raped someone would the call for his prosecution still be partisan BS?

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    cmstever 11/06/2009 11:52pm

    your right any politician who does or did anything that Bush did should be prosecuted.

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    cmstever 11/06/2009 11:48pm

    interrogation, sure, and rape is just enhanced love making. what you fail to understand is that Americans were kidnapped and sent to other countries to be tortured. its called extraordinary rendition. and it goes far beyond torture he showed no regard for the bill of rights, and that is the most severe crime that can be committed in this country, and it would be “moronic” to let that slide.

  • Bud9342 06/01/2009 9:39am

    Then maybe the next president should investigate the reckless and irrational spending of the Obama regime and his boys in congress that we have to spend at least the next 2 generations to pay for.

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    cmstever 11/07/2009 12:01am

    reckless spending is not a crime. torturing American citizens, and stealing executive power, on the other hand, is. To my knowledge has yet to commit a crime in office, but if he did i have a feeling you would be singing my song, and i would sing it with you.

  • Blessed88008 06/12/2009 2:43pm

    Forget the past… we have enough to investigate RIGHT NOW! Now that government is growing in leaps and bounds and some folk might need things to do for those juicy salaries and benefits, how about we investigate the politicians in there now. Let’s take a look at ACORN, the tax evasion of the current cabinet members,the out of control spending, or let’s investigate the FED! If we are going to investigate past presidents… I say let’s start with Woodrow Wilson and the Fed and go from there! How about stopping the abuses done to the American people?

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    cmstever 11/07/2009 12:07am

    is that how we treat crime in this country? can a murderer use that excuse in court, forget the past? What crime has ACORN committed, besides registering poor people to vote(which is their true crime)? if were gonna prosecute organization how about BLACKWATER who turns a blind eye when employees actually gang rape female employees. although investigating the FED sounds like a good idea.

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