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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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.

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.

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.

piratessoul 08/13/2009 8:48am

Anything with more than one head is a monster. We vote in a guy that we think will make the best decisions for our country then, when he doesn’t do things just right, we launch a witch hunt at the expense of the taxpayers?

I am not on board. When our current President is out of office, I will not seek to punish him for bankrupting America. I’ll just be glad he’s gone.

mazdastuff 08/09/2009 8:06pm

How to cure what ails us! Do Not Re-Elect any imcumbents. Stop with all the Left side, Right side, Up side or Down side. Stop with the Blue the Red, the Pink the Green, or whatever color is tied to some cause or crusade. Career Politicians are what ails all of US. “We The People” are the cure. If someone does a great job and they serve their term, then they can go forth into the world knowing they contributed. And that’s where it stops.

b58 08/26/2009 8:41pm

When is anyone going to investigate Obama and Pelosi and Reid for the intent of taking over the country with their socialist views. They have thrown this country into bankruptcy and still in a out of cntrol spending. They have taken control of the banks and car builders and now our health care.Obama has been going to the muslim and islam countries kissing up to them and the dictators of south America.At the sametime he talks down our country to them. One thing about Bush he kept this country safe and no more attacks on us. He did not sell us out or talk against our country. By the way everything Bush did in the war against the terrorist was approved by congress and the senate whether they admitt it or not. Obama and his cronnies has yet to tell the truth about anything since they have been in office. Pelosi is running neck and neck on lies with Obama.

ArmyMason 08/26/2009 8:13pm

At the same time I think Congress should be investigated. Nancy Pelosi knew about the water boarding and lied about not knowing. If you are going to charge Bush you better go after Congress too.

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.

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.

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.

thorvaldr 05/05/2009 7:08am

This ridiculous partisan witch hunt is not acceptable.

LDishman 08/29/2009 9:56pm

Our CIA needs to be left alone so they might do their jobs, they are being treated like they actually cut someones fingers off. Obama seems to want everyone investigated but we don’t even know who HE is. He has 2 different names and sealaed records.

pramsey 08/10/2009 2:27pm
in reply to sethlenara May 05, 2009 8:09pm

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!

rattso12 08/04/2009 5:55pm

I wonder if Conyers read his own bill??

b58 08/07/2009 10:45pm

This is the most worthless bill that anyone would waste time or paper on. Sounds like we have Washington full of the anti war hippies from the 60’s in office. First off Bush had full support of congress and senate on the war against the terrorist until they decided it was not an 24 hour war and they started backing out one by one and now they want to play the blame game and accuse him of everything that they can think of even lies they thought up.Maybe we need to investigate this administration for the lies about raising taxes and the bank and auto and healthcare take overs and trying to turn this country socialist marxist nation. They have also thrown this country in debt for several trillon dollars in six months of this administration . Where is the bill against that happening.

americanmuscle 07/31/2009 1:00pm

You have to be kidding me. I am a conservative and a soldier, even though I did not agree with all of President Bush’s policies I pretty much agreed with most of his national security policies. The funny thing is the only place obama has been successful since he has been in office is where he has kept Bush’s policies in place. obama said the surge in Iraq would not work and it did. Now he is starting a surge in Afgahnistan, funny isn’t it. Bush did all he could to keep this country safe and he did a mighty fine job at it. You need to use any and all means to catch and kill this type of enemy because they will use any means to kill us. I know I have seen and fought them. Mark my words, in 10 years President Bush will be looked upon as one of the greatest men to sit in office. Churchill went through this same bull durning his time now we look back at him in a great way. So we need this nonsense to stop.

MTPatriot 03/08/2009 6:38am
in reply to dogwoodforest1 Feb 15, 2009 9:10am

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.

MTPatriot 03/08/2009 7:52am
in reply to jventers Feb 26, 2009 9:30am

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.

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

BudWiser 07/21/2009 10:57pm

Another DO-NOTHING bill designed to rally the anti-war crowd which sounds good but is a “Big Smoke – No Fire” bill that is basically worthless.

thedestiney 08/11/2009 7:45pm
in reply to saintc Feb 15, 2009 8:56am

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.

vrbahs 08/14/2009 7:28pm

I am neither an elephant or a jack ass and I would agree that this is a great bill and a wonderful thing to do if and only if the investigation is expanded to include every administration that has held power since the preidental war powers act was enacted including the current one. The Patriot Act in particular is an abomination and a blatant abuse of civil liberties and the current administration thought so too that is until it took over the oval office.

AbePena 08/17/2009 4:11am

the question to be asked is “when” will this commission be used? I feel if passed that the president should only have power to declare war if Congress has voted and it was undecided, and the vice president who is neutral incongress makes the declaration of a stalemate. All prospects and limits should be inplace. and limited war powers should be declared.

Basically, the president may enter us into a war, but it would be congress who removes us from any war. A presidentially declared war should only be immediately if the war is on our lands or territories as historically deemed. But once the situation is contained and diplomatic efforts are in place then the war should be halted. That doesn’t mean letting guard down, but we should only fight wars on our lands. Not in other countries.Assisting in wars should NOT be a presidiential previlege, it should be decided by council and limits should be in place before any soldier is sent to assist. There has to be oversight, and accountability

Templar 08/20/2009 12:40pm

First of all our constitution does not apply to enemy combatants whether in a uniform or not. I was a Marine. If you shoot at me, or attack me in any way then you are an enemy combatant.
Second. Everyone was so outraged by the 9/11 attacks. Everyone wanted payback. We couldn’t let them get away with it. Now everyone is against the war on terror and demanding and end to it. That is why terrorists win. They strike and move. They use tactics that most Americans don’t have the stomach to use. I say oppose this bill and let the CIA and armed forces do anything they see fit to stop attacks on America and other peaceful countries. So what if a few taliban are tortured? 3000 suffered and died on 9/11. How many orphans are there from that day?

zepickens 01/21/2009 9:24am

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baldeagle 11/05/2009 5:12am
in reply to americanmuscle Jul 31, 2009 1:00pm

I noticed that you did not capitalize obama’s name. If that was not a typo I agree with you. I think all this looking back and blaming, and Bush hating is just another way for the libs to deflect attention for the things they are trying to do. I think maybe people are starting to wake up. Just hope it is in time. Virginia and New Jersey are a good start. If we think of it more as Conservative vs liberal instead of Republican vs democrat maybe we can turn this country around moving forward instead of looking back.

cmstever 11/06/2009 11:41pm
in reply to thorvaldr May 05, 2009 7:08am

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

cmstever 11/06/2009 11:52pm
in reply to pramsey Aug 10, 2009 2:27pm

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

cmstever 11/07/2009 12:08am
in reply to BudWiser Jul 21, 2009 10:57pm

sad but true


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