Mitt Romney in Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power


On Civil Rights: Right to be kept alive means secret surveillance is OK

Q: Does the president have inherent powers under the Constitution to conduct surveillance for national security purposes without judicial warrants, regardless of federal statutes?

A: Intelligence and surveillance have proven to be some of the most effective national security tools we have to protect our nation. Our most basic civil liberty is the right to be kept alive and the President should not hesitate to use every legal tool at his disposal to keep America safe.

Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power Dec 20, 2007

On Civil Rights: Enemy combatants, if citizens, entitled to habeas corpus

Q: Does the Constitution permit a president to detain US citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants?

A: All US citizens are entitled to due process, including at least some type of habeas corpus relief regardless whether they are designated unlawful enemy combatants or not.

Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power Dec 20, 2007

On Government Reform: Signing statements are an important presidential practice

Q: Under what circumstances, if any, would you sign a bill into law but also issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass the law?

A: I share the view of many past presidents that signing statements are an important presidential practice.

Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power Dec 20, 2007

The above quotations are from Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power: sent to all major candidates and published in Dec. 20-22, 2007.
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