Bush's Power vs. Rights of Detained Citizens ; Hamdi and Padilla Cases Test Presidential Reach in Wartime
Warren Richey writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
George W. Bush isn't the first president to assert an expansive view of his powers as commander in chief to safeguard the nation during dangerous times.
Harry Truman tried unsuccessfully to take over steel mills amid labor strife that threatened weapons production during the Korean conflict. Franklin Roosevelt authorized the detention of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. And Abraham Lincoln detained more than 13,500 individuals without access to judges or lawyers during the Civil War.
Such actions were justified as necessary to protect the nation. Critics viewed them as evidence of the kind of imperial presidency the Founding Fathers sought to …
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