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Old 02-11-2006, 12:04 PM   #16
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Originally posted by Irvine511
Utoo answered this well, but while history does indeed repeat itself, it never repeats itself perfectly, and one thing that does make this administration different has been the opportunity for it to stack the SCOTUS with justices that have a long history of being deferential to executive power -- the most glaring example is Harriet Miers. and since judges have life appointments, we're going to see the reverberations of this for generations.
Perhaps it is just luck of the draw, but most of our administrations run two terms - giving each an opportunity to make SCOTUS appointments. No difference.

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while you are correct about the Japanese American internment, i can't think of another time in history where torture has been an official policy of the US, the same thing with secret prisons across eastern europe, and the clear outsourcing of terror.
Take a look back at our policies and actions during the Vietnam war. In many respects, our behavior was more objectionable then.

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i find this quite terrifying. and i think everyone, right or left, red or blue, should be worried.
I am not saying we shouldn' be bothered - I'm just pointing out that history has ways of repeating itself - and does.

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Old 02-11-2006, 12:38 PM   #17
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I think this Administration has used 9/11 to increase the power of the Executive Branch at the expense of Congress. The present spying controversy just shows how far they'll go in breaking laws to do this. The Supreme Court has seen two people who are friendly to GWB and the extension of executive power.

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