How?

Somebody explain to me how the President can be given the kind of authorization he just signed into law in the Military Commissions Act of 2006? I don’t really want a long legal explanation beyond a simple description of what entitles this kind of new power. Permit me to think out loud. According to the Bill:

1. 9/11
2. President given power to declare war and govern military tribunals as commander in chief of armed forces.
3. “The Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 126 S. Ct. 2749 (2006), held that the military commissions established by the Department of Defense under the President’s Military Order of November 13, 2001, were not consistent with certain aspects of United States domestic law.
The Congress may by law, and does by enactment of this statute, eliminate any deficiency of statutory authority to facilitate bringing terrorists with whom the United States is engaged in armed conflict to justice for violations of the law of war and other offenses triable by military commissions.”

So let me get this straight. We are attacked, congress gives the President power, and now the President’s power is total when it relates to Terrorism. Once again, trust the President. He only has our best interests in mind. How are we sure? Because he’s an American. Americans always do what is right. If desperate times call for desperate measures, how desperate can the measures get before the clear-thinking authorities are wrong?

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