Chris Edelson of American University and Lou Fisher of the Constitution Project join National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine the constitutional issues about the President’s power to take military action without a formal Congressional war declaration.
C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (Jan 2014)
The Growing Power of the Presidency (Jan 2014) on Reason TV
Emergency Presidential Power Book Talk (Jan 2014) at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC
Post State of the Union Recap at LA Times (Jan 2014)
National Constitution Center: Constitution Daily Blog (Jan 2014)
Come to a book talk featuring Professor Chris Edelson at Politics & Prose in Washington DC at 1pm on Saturday, Jan 11. He will be discussing his new book and taking questions as well as signing books. For more info: http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/chris-edelson-emergency-presidential-power-drafting-of-constitution-to-war-terror
American University Chris Edelson talks about his book his new book, Emergency Presidential Power. In the book he examines how U.S. presidents have tested and pushed the limits of their emergency powers.
View it online on C-SPAN’s website.
Professor Chris Edelson will be LIVE on C-SPAN on Thursday morning, Jan 2 from 8:30-9:15am talking about his book, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror, on the show Washington Journal. Listeners are invited to call in to ask questions or make comments on the Democrat/Republican/Independent phone lines – please call in if you have a question you could ask about the book or want to offer something relevant in the news recently he could comment on as it relates to the book.
Chris Edelson to present on his new book – Emergency Presidential Power From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror at 1pm on 1/11/14.
Located at 5015 Connecticut Ave NWWashington, District Of Columbia, 20008
For more info: http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/chris-edelson-emergency-presidential-power-drafting-of-constitution-to-war-terror
Now out in print and available shortly in local bookstores and online at Amazon – Kirkus adds its praise for Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror. From the review:
Unable to “find a suitable book to use for a new class on emergency presidential power and the war on terror,” Edelson wrote this one as a primer. The currently debated issues informing the author’s arguments include whether the president can order the deaths of American citizens on his own authority and whether doctrines of state secrecy can be employed to block legal suits completely rather than justify merely withholding evidence, warrantless wiretapping and indefinite detention. Though the evolution has varied, Edelson traces the roots of each issue to the doctrine of executive power espoused by Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush administration, which had its inception under the administration of Richard Nixon after his excesses were reined in. The author provides two valuable contributions, which both preface recent developments and provide context from original historical sources. The scope of presidential power has been a subject of contention throughout the history of the country, and Edelson provides documentation from the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers, and the administrations of George Washington and John Adams. The author examines Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus at the beginning of the Civil War as well as subsequent cases on the power of military tribunals. The author also looks at cases from the Spanish-American War, the adoption of the Espionage and Sedition acts in 1917, Franklin Roosevelt’s treatment of German saboteurs, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during and after World War II. Edelson provides sources that document both sides of these cases, relates them to the founding documents and discussions, and lays down a foundation from which the current debate about the powers of the presidency can be more clearly understood.
This collection of documents and arguments makes a timely companion to current, ongoing political discussions.