soldier with rifle american civil warJoe Ryan
State Of The Union


CONGRESS HAS THE POWER
TO CREATE STAR CHAMBERS?




The Constitution of the United States, in Article I, section 8 states that, "The Congress shall have power to constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme court."

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, during the confirmation hearing of John Brennan for CIA Director, said that she intends "to review proposals for legislation to ensure that drone strikes are carried out in a manner consistent with our values," and she said the "program" should "be run according to the American Constitution."

 

Maine Senator Angus King said that he supported creating a special court to review the targeted killing  of American citizens. He said that, after reading the Justice Department memorandum setting forth the department's argument for the constitutionality of the President ordering American citizens to be killed, "it struck me that it would be a reasonable restraint on the President to know that he had to justify to someone the use of this power." The special court, King said, "would be designed to protect, in some measure, the due process rights of Americans."

Comment

 

These people are living in a wonderland of tyranny, aren’t they? Though the Constitution grants Congress the power to create courts inferior to the Supreme Court, the power granted is not unlimited, but constrained by the Bill of Rights which provides, among other things, that "No person shall be held to answer for a crime, unless on indictment;" "nor be deprived of life, without due process of law." In the case of the crime of treason, the Constitution expresses states, Congress has no power to punish an American citizen except by trial by jury (Art. III, Section 2.) and no conviction can be had "unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act in open court." (Art. III, Section 3.)

 

From Lincoln to Obama, presidents, despite the oath proscribed by the Constitution that they "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States," have uniformly claimed the power as commander-in-chief to ignore the right of an American citizen to be treated by Government in the manner the Constitution proscribes. And the Congress, like a puppy, has always sat in the President's lap, eagerly wagging its tail.

 

Joe Ryan