Especially in light of *this* little gem:
Congress Votes to Waive All Laws for Homeland Security
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Published 02/10/2005 04:33 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert Shull, (202) 234-8494
WASHINGTON (February 10, 2005) The House of Representatives voted 243 to
179 today to reject an amendment that would have stripped section 102 from
the ³REAL ID Act of 2005² (H.R. 418). The bill, as passed, would empower
the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any federal laws, without
limit, in the course of building barriers along the nation¹s borders. This
controversial, precedent-setting legislation received no hearings or
extended debate prior to passage. The bill now moves to the Senate for
The following is a statement by J. Robert Shull, Senior Regulatory Policy
Analyst with OMB Watch.
³America is a nation founded on the rule of law, but apparently not when
homeland security is involved. This is a license to waive any law, for any
reason or for no reason at all.
³If enacted, this bill would grant the Homeland Security Secretary
unbridled authority to act however he sees fit, without consequence. His
actions also would be exempt from judicial review, making him unaccountable
to any authority.
³Laws that protect the environment, safeguard public health, ensure
consumer and workplace safety, prevent unfair business practices, and ban
discrimination none of these laws, or any others, would apply to the
Department of Homeland Security.
³No government agency should be above the laws that preserve America¹s