2,983. 10/23/2001

In a memo to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales on October 23, 2001, Deputy Chief in the Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo “reiterated his view that the president’s powers trump the Constitution. ‘Our office recently concluded,’ he wrote, ‘that the Fourth Amendment [prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures] had no application to domestic military operations.’ ”

 – James Bamford, The Shadow Factory, Page 116

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