Govt Ch 13

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Chapter 13 You Decide Exercise
Write out your answers and submit them using the Dropbox in a RTF or Word Doc format. Presidential Power and Iraq This exercise relates to the Policy Debate in Chapter 13 dealing with Iraq and Presidential Power. The goal of this exercise is to give you a better understanding of recent Supreme Court rulings on the limits of Presidential power during wartime and the importance of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances. The Constitution (as interpreted by the Supreme Court) balances the need for security against the need for freedom and human rights. You will read and discuss two articles from the Christian Science Monitor, the goal of which will give you a better understanding of the limits on Presidential power and the importance of freedom.

Read this article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13350-2004Jun28.html from The Washington Post.

1. What impact did the rulings have on the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism tactics?

2. What does Justice O'Connor mean when she argues that a "state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens?"

3. Read this Washington Post article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/29/AR2006062900928.html

Explain why Osama Bin Laden's driver could not be tried as a terrorism suspect. What requirement would the Bush administration need to fulfill before it can try Hamdan as a terrorist?

4. Some Bush administration officials have argued that harsh interrogation tactics are needed and recent reports reveal that hundreds (if not thousands) of prisoners have been tortured in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution (found in the appendix of your text.) Do you think the framers would have wanted the President to be able to indefinitely lock up prisoners without a hearing?

5. In response to the court rulings, Congress passed a 2006 law giving President...
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