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Ok so how does Obama  violate the Logan act? Its the act that declares that you cant deal with other governments on behalf of the USA unless you are properly authorised. And you get to be authorised by the president. So it is impossible for Obama to violate said act.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 06:51:05 AM EST
Ah, but how can a president authorize himself?  Isn't that like a double negative or something?

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 07:02:46 AM EST
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He's authorized directly by the Constitution.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 07:12:46 AM EST
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... foreign affairs is implied by the second paragraph of section two of Article II:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

Even if he weren't, if Congress passes legislation that gives the President authority to authorize someone, that is only limited so far as the law limits it. Without expressly ruling out the President authorizing himself, he can.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 12:14:29 PM EST
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