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Facts Matter with Roman Balmakov: Bush-Era Secret Docs Reveal President’s Secret, Unchecked Emergency Powers
Bush-era records released under the Freedom of Information Act raise concerns about the powers presidents might claim during crises, from suspending habeas corpus to implementing an internet kill switch.
In 2004, high-ranking staffers in the George W. Bush administration spearheaded a holistic review of the president’s emergency powers. Their goal was to refresh a set of secret plans known as “presidential emergency action documents,” or PEADs, the continuity-of-government playbook that emerged under President Dwight Eisenhower as a response to the threat of nuclear war.
Those documents had been revised previously, but they took on new significance in the wake of 9/11. Their review was, as one Bush official saw it, an “urgent and compelling security effort, especially in light of ongoing threats.”
In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the George W. Bush Presidential Library turned over to the Brennan Center more than 500 pages generated during this review and subsequent reviews in 2006 and 2008. (Another 6,000 pages were withheld in full because they are classified.) The released records shed troubling new light on the powers that modern presidents claim they possess in moments of crisis — powers that appear to lack oversight from Congress, the courts, or the public.
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