Bush: Fifth Amendment declared null and void


Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq (July 17, 2007)

Significant portion of the executive order above:

[…] all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:
[…] I therefore determine that […] there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order.

Yep, that’s right. No due process. In case anyone besides the dictator in chief has forgotten, I’ll quote the relevant part of the Bill of Rights:

Fifth Amendment:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The Decider has just decided that is optional in some cases.

And yet, still we have made no move to impeach him. Is there a clearer violation of his oath of office?

Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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Thanks to jokermage for making me aware of this. He also linked to this article on TPMMuckraker.

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