Evidently President WATB the other day argued that the Congressional authorization for war after 9/11 gave him the power to do, pretty much, what he wanted:
"The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th . . . is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities," Bush said in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
But (suprise!) there's some who take issue with the sweeping implications of that:
"The president is taking an unusually expansive view of what the Constitution allows him to do in disregard of Congress, and he is probably wrong," said Susan Low Bloch, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University. "His claim of power is too extreme."
Somehow, we managed to make it through the Cold War and fifty-some-odd years of the threat of global thermonuclear war with the Constitution relatively intact. Now, based on the events of a single Really Bad Day brought about by a small band of men with boxcutters, we're now expected to just let the Executive do what he will, Constitution be damned.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- some bunch of probable terrorists, July 4, 1776