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H.R.104 To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties., 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jun 12, 2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - The Constitution and Civil Justice

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  • 73% of users oppose H.R.104

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This bill would establish a commission to investigate policies of the Bush Administration, which were carried out under the premise of “unreviewable war powers”, for a period of 18 months and 60 days. Investigations and hearings would be held regarding detentions made by the Armed Forces and intelligence community, the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, the concealment of individuals' capture or detention, extraordinary rendition, and domestic electronic surveillance performed without a warrant. The bill would require the Commission to report its findings to the President and to Congress with in one year. It includes one Republican among its list of 47 co-sponsors -- Representative Walter Jones [R, NC-3].

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On February 15, 2009, by dogwoodforest1 - 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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      As noted by dogwoodforest1, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 15, 2009, "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. "
    • On May 05, 2009, by sethlenara - 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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      As noted by sethlenara, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 05, 2009, "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."
    • On March 23, 2009, by ramanajan - I think we should also investigate every single member of congress. I believe there is an abundance of illegal activity, including income tax evasion.

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      As noted by ramanajan, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 23, 2009, "I think we should also investigate every single member of congress. I believe there is an abundance of illegal activity, including income tax evasion."

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    • 10 Unpopular Bills That We'll Be Seeing Again Next Year - December 29, 2010 by Open Congress : Blog - 9) HR104 – To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties. (784 NO votes). This bill from outgoing Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14] would establish a commission to investigate policies ...

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      As noted by Open Congress : Blog on December 29, 2010, "9) HR104 – To establish a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties. (784 NO votes). This bill from outgoing Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14] would establish a commission to investigate policies ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2152-10-Unpopular-Bills-That-We-ll-Be-Seeing-Again-Next-Year)
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      As noted by Jays Journal | A Toronto Blue Jays Blog on December 26, 2010, "He came as advertised in his 2006 season, where he earned an All-Star appearance for his .252/.355/.513 line, along with his 38 HR, 104 RBI, 86 walks, and 134 strikeouts. The next season, however, Glaus was hampered by foot injuries all ..." (http://jaysjournal.com/2010/12/27/five-years-ago-today-jays-acquired-troy-glaus-dealt-orlando-hudson/)

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    • Legislative session brought changes for outdoor recreation - July 28, 2009 by Shreveport Times - PASSED HR 104 by Barrow. GREEN ENERGY POLICY. Urges the House Committee on Natural Resources & the Environment to study the development of a green energy ...

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      As noted by Shreveport Times on July 28, 2009, "PASSED HR 104 by Barrow. GREEN ENERGY POLICY. Urges the House Committee on Natural Resources & the Environment to study the development of a green energy ..." (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20090729/SPORTS/907290335/1001/SPORTS)
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