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The US District judge who presided over the trial of of the "blind sheik" in 1995, later appointed the US Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, spoke at Hillsdale College's Constitution Day on September 15 about the Constitution in wartime and the legal challenges it faces. The speech is here.
Mukasey begins, "President Obama campaigned for office largely on the claim that his predecessor had shredded the Constitution. By the Constitution, he could not have meant the document signed on September 17, 1787. Article II of that document begins with a simple declaration: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” Not “some” or “most” or even “all but a teeny-weeny bit” of the executive power. The President is vested with all of it." Mukasey addresses the Bill of Rights, and in between discussing Article II and the first ten amendments discusses US intelligence and prosecutions of Islamist terrorists.
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