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Thread #91711   Message #1866869
Posted By: Old Guy
23-Oct-06 - 09:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
Subject: RE: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
"...Mr. Clinton said he is weighing a proposal from the Defense Department to establish a commander in chief for the defense of the continental United States, a step that civil liberties groups strongly resist...."

"...Such a program would go far beyond the civil defense measures and bomb shelters that marked the cold war, setting up instead a military leadership to help fight chaos and disarray if an attack occurred. Pentagon commanders oversee regions around the globe, but not the continental United States."

"...Critics fear such moves could open the door to rising military influence and a loss of individual rights, but Mr. Clinton insisted that such erosions would never occur....Congress has usually supported White House efforts to fight terrorism...."

"...But civil libertarians and some Administration officials fear that such military power could slowly expand to threaten the privacy, liberty and lives of private citizens. Defenders of the plan, including Pentagon officials, insist that it would do no such thing and that the nation needed homeland defense to deal with terrorists armed with deadly germs, chemicals and skills for attacking the nation's key computer networks...."

"...a senior Pentagon official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, warned that a major terrorist attack had the potential to be ‘the most threatening event to civil liberties since Pearl Harbor.’..."

Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of January 31, 1999