Former Reagan Official: House members who read the US Constitution yesterday do not understand it

01/07/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Yesterday on the floor of the House, members of Congress read the US Constitution.

Here to comment is Bruce Fein, He was Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan and is author of the new book "American Empire: Before the Fall." He recently wrote a piece titled "Ten Congressional Commandments," which states:

"The Constitution exclusively empowers Congress to authorize the initiation of war under Article I, Section 8. The Founding Fathers constitutionally precluded the president from deciding on war or peace because of the executive branch's incentive to exaggerate danger. War crowns the president with fame, secrecy, spending, and arbitrary powers over the citizenry. ...

"Under the Constitution, only Congress may authorize the president to place U.S. citizens on assassination lists for alleged complicity with foreign terrorist organizations by obtaining a judicial warrant based on probable cause to believe the target is an imminent danger to the life or limb of an American. The Founding Fathers did not trust any single man to be judge, jury, and executioner. ..."

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