President Bush has given Commander-in-Chief Bush unlimited wartime authority. But the “war on terror” is more a metaphor than a fact. Terrorism is a method, not an ideology; terrorists are criminals, not warriors. No peace treaty can possibly bring an end to the fight against far-flung terrorists. The emergency powers of the president during this “war” can now extend indefinitely, at the pleasure of the president and at great threat to the liberties and rights guaranteed us under the Constitution.
Senator Hart offers a great explanation of why so many people on the left are upset with the Bush administration. To put it bluntly, the Bush administration has set dangerous precedence on the expansions of government powers. This article is a must read.