Is Presidential Power Reaching an Unchecked Status?

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As details emerge on President Bush's order for warrantless eavesdropping on overseas telephone calls and emails of US citizens with suspected ties to terrorism, the level of current presidential power comes increasingly under scrutiny. The President reminds that we are at war, one in which the intelligence measures at issue are fair game. His administration maintains that it needs the freedom to make quick decisions in navigating the post-September 11 anti-terrorism landscape. Meantime, members of both the House and Senate claim something must be done to put the executive branch back in check. A few even go so far as to suggest Bush undergo impeachment proceedings. Guest host Diana Nyad explores the extent of presidential powers with historians, experts on government, defense, and international law, including John Dean, counsel to President Nixon.
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Guest host Diana Nyad, 2002 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is a business sports columnist for Marketplace, senior sports correspondent for Fox News, and has hosted her own show on CNBC. She's also the author of three books.

Daraghahi's article on election results, havoc in Baghdad

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978

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Padilla v Rumsfeld, US Supreme Court on

James Risen's (NY Times) article on President Bush allowing warrantless wiretaps

Rivkin's op-ed article on unwarranted complaints



Warren Olney