Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sauce for the Gander

As Congress ponders whether to extend presidential power to engage in warrantless wiretapping without judicial supervision, we would all do well to ponder these words from a wise critic of excessive executive power: "In any country, if you don't have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development."

The critic? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Of course, she was speaking about Russia, but her words are equally applicable to the U.S.

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