Why Congress is quiet on liberties

Why Congress is quiet on liberties
by Gail Russell Chaddock
The Christian Science Monitor

Three weeks after Congress passed the most sweeping extension of law enforcement authority since World War II, the Bush administration has expanded its powers even further.

The big news may be the deafening silence – especially on Capitol Hill – on matters that in ordinary circumstances would prompt vigorous dissent.

One reason for the congressional quiescence: The moves were undertaken unilaterally by the executive branch, thus bypassing traditional consultation.

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