Bush administrations extends executive privilege.
Bush administration officials introduced a bold new assertion of executive authority Thursday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.
The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals.
In case you're not clear on what just happened? That's a claim of immunity from prosecution.
Item the Second:
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,... hereby order:
Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,
(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:
(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or
(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;
(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
The rest of the Executive Order here.
pecunium explains what this means.
In short form? If the current administration deems that any person or organization is obstructing the establishment of democracy in Iraq, they can seize their assets.
And pecunium explains the context of both issues some more, also.
It is time to invoke inherent contempt and start hauling people's asses before the Senate. It is time to initiate impeachment and censure proceedings. It is time to remember that constitutionally, you are the body with the power to declare war.
And please don't wait until after lunchtime.
Because this is it. This is a constitutional crisis. This is history in the making, right here, right now.
This is the point where we stop them, or the United States of America ceases to be a republic, and becomes a tyranny, ruled by fiat.