OLC authorized Pentagon to ignore Bill of Rights on US soil

Washington Independent

03/02/09

In an October 2001 memo released today, then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo advised the Pentagon’s top lawyer that the president may not only deploy the military within the United States, but it may ignore the Bill of Rights in the process of doing so. … This memo appears to have formed the legal basis for the Bush administration’s domestic warrantless wiretapping program, which at least one federal judge has since concluded was unconstitutional. Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project, reads it as extending beyond the Fourth Amendment, however...

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Secret Anti-Terror Bush Memos Made Public by Obama

Devlin Barrett, The Associated Press: "The Justice Department on Monday released a long-secret legal document from 2001 in which the Bush administration claimed the military could search and seize terror suspects in the United States without warrants. The legal memo was written about a month after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It says constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure would not apply to terror suspects in the US, as long as the president or another high official authorized the action."

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Extraordinary Measures

Michael Isikoff, Newsweek: "In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside the United States, deploy high-tech surveillance against U.S. citizens and potentially suspend First Amendment freedom-of-the-press rights in order to combat the terror threat, according to a memo released Monday."

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