History Refutes Claims to Unlimited Power Over Foreign Affairs

Louis Fisher writes: "Advocates of unchecked presidential power in the post-9/11 period rely heavily on the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936). In dicta, Justice George Sutherland cited a statement in 1800 by then-Representative John Marshall (the future Supreme Court chief justice) that the president 'is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations.' By this statement, Marshall meant merely that when the United States enters into a treaty with an extradition provision, it is the president's duty under the Constitution to see that the treaty is faithfully carried out. He meant that, and nothing more."

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