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If, like General Electric and Fox News, ordinary citizens were permitted to ask questions of candidates for U.S. President, these are a few of the questions I think they might ask:

 

If you are elected president, which of the new presidential powers assumed by the Bush-Cheney administration will you use?  Which will you leave available in case you decide to use them?  Which will you issue orders banning the use of? 

 

Will you ever spy on Americans in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Fourth Amendment?

 

If you ever believe that the safety of Americans requires altering the law, will you work with Congress to try to change the law, or will you violate it?

 

Will you ever use signing statements to claim the power to ignore laws?

 

Really?  Then why are you not supporting impeachment now?

 

If you are elected president, will you ever detain anyone without charge, hold anyone in a secret prison, render anyone to another nation to be tortured, or torture anyone in U.S. custody?

 

Do you promise?

 

Will you put it in writing?

 

Really?  Then why are you not supporting impeachment now?

 

If you are elected president are there any areas in which you might ever choose to intentionally mislead the American people or Congress?  Any areas at all, large or small?

 

What about war?  Would you ever mislead our nation into war (those of you who did so five years ago need not answer)?

 

If you would not, why are you not supporting impeachment now?

 

Honestly or otherwise, will you ever launch an aggressive war?  Will you ever threaten to do so? 

 

Really?  Then why do you say that, with regard to Iran, "all options are on the table"?

 

The following question is addressed specifically to Senator Hillary Clinton.  Why did you say the following?

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I sympathize with your frustration, but asking suc... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 8:08:04 AM
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