February 11, 2007

Skelly Wright on the national security state

Undoubtedly the President... is imbued with vast and indispensable powers... including the duty to protect this country from foreign aggression or subversion. The very existence of such tremendous power, however, renders it susceptible to abuse and endangers those fundamental personal liberties which the Government was instituted to secure for its citizens and whose exercise elevates the nation to a stature worthy of defense. Thus, although the attempt to claim executive prerogatives or infringe liberty in the name of security and order may be motivated by the highest of ideals, the judiciary must remain vigilantly prepared to fulfill its own responsibility to channel executive action within constitutional bounds.

- Zweibon v, Mitchell, 516 F. 2d 594 (D.C. Cir. 1975)