CNS News 
Friday, December 10, 2010
(CNSNews.com) – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), echoing others who testified before a subcommittee on Thursday, said both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations represent an “imperial presidency.” Obama, Conyers said, has broken his promises to shut down Guantanamo, end military operations abroad, and has continued to expand the power of the executive branch.
“The power of what has begun to be termed the imperial presidency grows, and the ability of our Democratic institutions, especially the federal legislative branch – us – to constrain it seems more uncertain,” Conyers said in his opening remarks at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
Conyers said the Obama administration continues to use executive privilege as strategy for national security at the cost of Americans’ civil liberties.
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“The repeated invocation of the state secrets privilege, which has gone on in recent years, including this administration, to an incredible new height,” Conyers said.
Conyers said the Obama administration has “shut down complaints, investigations and lawsuits challenging executive branch action, such as illegal domestic surveillance, torture and rendition.”
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