Conyers' Report Newly Updated: "Constitution in Crisis"
I (anti-immigrant “Palmer Raids”); World War II (internment of Japanese Americans); and the Vietnam War (COINTELPRO); the risks to our citizens’ rights today are potentially more grave, as the war on terror has no specific end point. - are quite serious. However, the current Majority Party has shown little inclination to engage in basic oversight, let alone question the Administration directly. The media, though showing some signs of aggressiveness as of late, is increasingly concentrated and all too often unwilling to risk the enmity or legal challenge from the party in charge. At the same time, unlike previous threats to civil liberties posed by the Civil War (suspension of habeas corpus and eviction of the Jews from portions of the Southern States); World War - even if presidential pardons ultimately prevented a full measure of justice.
The situation we find ourselves in today under the administration of George W.
Bush is systemically different. The alleged acts of wrongdoing my staff has
documented- which include making misleading statements about the decision to go to
war; manipulating intelligence; facilitating and countenancing torture; using classified
information to out a CIA agent; and violating federal surveillance and privacy laws
Scandals such as Watergate and Iran-Contra are widely considered to be
constitutional crises. They were in the sense that the executive branch was acting in
violation of the law and in tension with the Majority Party in the Congress. But the
system of checks and balances put in place by the founding fathers worked, the
abuses were investigated, and actions were taken
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