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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:20 PM
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Little-Noticed DOJ Memo Says Administration Can Ignore Meetings Ban
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 12:21 PM by GodlessBiker
"A little-noticed Justice Department memorandum asserts that the Obama administration can ignore a law barring U.S. officials from attending meetings led by nations considered to be sponsors of terrorism.

Relying on the opinion, the State Department sent representatives to United Nations sessions on population and development that were led by Iran, the New York Times reports.

The opinion (http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/2009/section7054.pdf ) by David Barron, the acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, said the law unconstitutionally infringes on the presidents authority to conduct diplomacy. The restriction was tacked onto the State Departments budget bill.

Barron wrote that previous administrations have taken a similar stance.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/little-noticed_doj_memo_... /

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I see. So if the Administration believes a law is unconstitutional, it can ignore the law? This seems pretty easy.

And all of this craziness with Don't Ask Don't Tell? How the administration has some obligation to uphold and defend a law until a court declares it unconstitutional?

This sucks!

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