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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

DOJ released Bush administration memos on executive authority
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 2, 2009, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released two memoranda and seven opinions authored by the White House Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) during the presidency of George W. Bush, supporting the administration's counter-terrorism policies. The opinions, dated between 2001 and 2003, supported the president's broad use of executive authority to detain and hold foreign and US citizen prisoners, extraordinary rendition, conduct intelligence gathering, suspend treaty limits on the ballistic missile defense system, and deploy troops within the US to prevent or fight terrorist activity. The memos, dated 2008 and early 2009 expressed the OLC's later departure from relying on these justifications.

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