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Published on Dec 11, 2008
Subtitle: The Unitary Executive Theory. In times of national crisis, the rule of law and bedrock principles of democracy are most in danger of giving way to government concern for national security. On September 25, 2001, the Office of Legal Counsel advised the White House, "The centralization of authority in the President alone is particularly crucial in matters of national defense, war, and foreign policy, where a unitary executive can evaluate threats, consider policy choices, and mobilize national resources with a speed and energy that is far superior to any other branch." (John C. Yoo, Memorandum Opinion for Timothy Flanigan, Deputy Counsel to the President (U.S. Dept. of Justice, September 25, 2001)). The panelists discuss how the Bush Administration's broad interpretation of the unitary executive theory set the stage for the Nation's response to the unprecedented events of 9/11. Moderator: David E. Graham. Panelists: Robert F. Turner; William C. Banks; Sean Watts. For more information visit: http://washburnlaw.edu/ruleoflaw/