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Thank God Bush Didn't Do Everything Cheney Advised

The Veep wanted to deploy troops in the streets.

Imagine for a moment Bush had followed through on everything his puppet master Cheney advisers had recommended he do to fight the evildoers in the "War on Terror." We might have seen widespread use of US troops patrolling US cities, for just one example:

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Mr. Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force.

A decision to dispatch troops into the streets to make arrests has few precedents in American history, as both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property. [...]

In the discussions, Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose. [...]

The memorandum — written by the lawyers John C. Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty— was directed to Alberto R. Gonzales, then the White House counsel, who had asked the department about a president’s authority to use the military to combat terrorist activities in the United States.

If you don't remember the horrific dangers posed by the Lackawanna 6 you're not alone.

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