May 26, 2006
"HASTERT EXCLUSION" - POLICE STATE ROADBUMP ?
Although he did not specifically mention all of the Bush Administrations' assaults on democracy, civil rights and the Separation of Powers he made it clear that the Executive Branch overstepped its bounds by meddling in ' Rule of Law' enforcement issues relative to the nation's highest elected officials.
Close friends speculated that W's self claimed rights to indefinitely suspend habeas corpus regardless of the size or description of said corpus, and to rend and torture were particularly troubling to the Speaker.
The Speaker forcefully admonished the President for sending his police, secret or not, into Congress' domain. That the "Hastert Exclusion to Executive Power" is bipartisan was duly noted.