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Understanding that you and respect our Constitution. What is your opinion of being in Contempt of Congress when Executive privlege used? Do you think any reforms in this area are necessary?


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Guest Always Red


You are not the only one feeling discontent with Hillary.


Clinton's "don't ask" policy



As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillary Clinton is taking few chances. She tells crowds that it's their turn to "pick a president,'' but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions.


Before the brief Christmas break, the New York senator had been setting aside time after campaign speeches to hear from the audience. Now when she's done speaking, her theme songs blare fromloudspeakers, preventing any kind of public Q&A.


She was no more inviting when a television reporter approached her after a rally on Thursday and asked if she was "moved'' by Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Clinton turned away without answering.


Her daughter, Chelsea, had the same reaction when a reporter approached her with a question.


Hillary Clinton's no-question policy didn't sit well with some of the Iowans who came to see her speak.


"I was a little bit underwhelmed,'' said Doug Rohde, 46, as he left her a rally in a fire station in Denison. "The message was very generic -- and no questions.''


Clinton campaign officials said that she may take questions in the coming days. But her focus is on seeing as many voters as possible before the caucuses next Thursday -- and spotlighting the messages she wants to deliver.


Spokespeople for her two main rivals in the Hawkeye State -- John Edwards and Barack Obama -- said the candidates would continue fielding questions as they troll for support.


"Hillary Clinton said today that she wants legislation to allow all ex-felons to vote. See, this way all the Clinton's former business partners can vote for her in 2008." --Jay Leno



Hillary's Albatross


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As the Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to mark up key legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the body to pass a bill that would allow Americans to hold their government accountable. The bill, introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), would limit the scope of the state secrets privilege. The Bush administration, which has threatened to veto Senator Kennedy’s bill, has used the privilege to halt several important lawsuits against the government, including an ACLU case involving the extraordinary rendition of an innocent German citizen, Khaled El-Masri.


"The administration’s frequent and broad use of the state secrets privilege goes to the very root of its abuse of power," said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "The privilege has been misused and abused for long enough. Senator Kennedy’s legislation will allow for a court to review the government’s national security claims and will rightly reinstate the role of the judiciary."


Attorney General Michael Mukasey voiced the administration’s opposition to Senator Kennedy’s bill in a letter to the committee last month. In it he made the astonishing claim that the executive branch is virtually unaccountable to the other two branches when it comes to the national security. The ACLU noted his argument is unconstitutional on its face and is urging Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and pass legislation to narrow the state secrets privilege and require courts to exercise independent judicial review over all government state secrets claims.


The ACLU has also been fighting the expanding claims of executive power in the courtroom, bringing legal challenges to the Bush administration’s policies of warrantless surveillance, extraordinary rendition and torture. The administration has frequently invoked the state secrets privilege not to protect sensitive evidence from disclosure, but to stymie entire lawsuits alleging executive misconduct – even before any requests for evidence have been made.


"Barricading the courthouse door with the assertion of state secrets has had a dire effect on the American justice system," said Fredrickson. "Not only has the public been denied the facts about illegal programs, but individuals have been prevented from holding the government accountable for its misconduct. Khaled El-Masri and other victims of extraordinary rendition have been stripped of their freedom and dignity at the hands of our government, and have had their only avenue of recourse completely and conclusively thwarted. The committee should vote Senator Kennedy’s bill out of committee and send it to the floor as soon as possible."

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