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“A LOADED WEAPON. From seizing control of the internet to declaring martial law, President Trump may legally do all kinds of extraordinary things." | @LizaGoitein @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority." | @LizaGoitein @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"1. A LOADED WEAPON: Ambiguous constitutional limits combined with a rich well of statutory emergency powers, would seem to provide the ingredients for a dangerous encroachment on American civil liberties." | @LizaGoitein @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"2. AN INTERNET KILL SWITCH: But the president can also take a host of other actions, both abroad and inside the United States." | @LizaGoitein @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"3. SANCTIONING AMERICANS: The target is generally given no advance notice and no hearing. He may request reconsideration and submit evidence on his behalf, but the government faces no deadline to respond." | @LizaGoitein @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"4. BOOTS ON MAIN STREET: The idea of tanks rolling through the streets of U.S. cities seems fundamentally inconsistent with the country’s notions of democracy and freedom." | @LizaGoitein @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"5. KINDLING AN EMERGENCY: In the past several decades, Congress has provided what the Constitution did not: emergency powers that have the potential for creating emergencies rather than ending them." | @LizaGoitein @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
"In the video: How authoritarian leaders across the globe have sought to consolidate power in this way. Goitein also explains the ways in which Congress may be able to step in." | @LizaGoitein @vishakhadarbha @BrennanCenter @TheAtlantic #StateOfEmergency
“What if a president, backed into a corner and facing electoral defeat or impeachment, were to declare an emergency for the sake of holding on to power? In that scenario, our laws and institutions might not save us from a presidential power grab." | @LizaGoitein @TheAtlantic
"The Trump-Russia scandal is the subject of multiple investigations that may or may not unearth new revelations, but this much is already certain: Donald Trump is guilty." | @DavidCornDC @mcqtweet @MotherJones
When are social, cultural, media, economic, & political leaders in this country going to WAKE UP to the fact that the "national emergency" "state of emergency", is a gambit by @realDonaldTrump & @GOP to shut down all investigations and suspend the constitution. | #TellThatTruth
To all those dismissing this as alarmist... remember that three months from now. And think about all the previous alarmist warnings that have since become our new reality... like for example, Russia hacked our elections, and devoted an army and fortune to elect Trump. WHY?
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