Saturday, November 13, 2004
"WASHINGTON - Federal judges are jeopardizing national security by issuing rulings contradictory to President Bush's decisions on America's obligations under international treaties and agreements, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Friday.
In his first remarks since his resignation was announced Tuesday, Ashcroft forcefully denounced what he called 'a profoundly disturbing trend' among some judges to interfere in the president's constitutional authority to make decisions during war.
'The danger I see here is that intrusive judicial oversight and second-guessing of presidential determinations in these critical areas can put at risk the very security of our nation in a time of war,' Ashcroft said in a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers group."
[NOTE: "The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order....This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law." This is who the Bush Administration turns to for recommendations for nominees for judges to the federal bench, from Circuit judges to the Supreme Court. Before Bush, administrations turned to the American Bar Association (ABA), which generally made recommendations based more on experience and skill than political considerations. More on the Federalist Society at their homepage and Media Transparency.]