Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Has President George W. Bush overstepped his constitutional powers
in conducting the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq? How
forcefully and independently should the President act to repel
threats to the nation? What role does Congress play in setting the
course of the Iraq war, interrogation policy at the Guantanamo Bay
base, or military surveillance by the National Security Agency?
What can Congress do to counter presidential decisions in foreign
policy? Should it do so? Such hotly contested questions demand an
assessment of the allocation of war-making powers between the
Executive and Legislative branches, and the reconstruction of the
meaning of the foreign affairs power in the Constitution. In an era
of terrorism, rogue nations, and proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, getting the answers to these questions right is an
imperative of homeland defense and national security.
John Yoo is a Professor of Law at the University of California at
Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a Visiting Scholar at the
American Enterprise Institute. He served as a Deputy Assistant
Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Justice
Department from 2001-03, where he was involved in many of the legal
issues concerning the war on terrorism. He is the author of The
Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After
9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005).
More About the Speakers
John Yoo, Ph.D.
Professor of Law,
University of California at Berkeley School of Law
Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus