All of our ruling class are slowly and quietly stealing our liberty.
Why didnt the alleged libertarians in congress squawk about this?
Probably it was tacked onto something, and nobody even read the bill.
And in 2002 the Republican party controlled the House of Representatives and the White House, and would have controlled, had Jeffords not jumped, the Senate, correct?
Correct, the GOP could have stopped it....but who knows, maybe they initiated it. I’ll have to dig into it more, to see the circumstances....but I’m afraid I will be very disappointed. Also, my search gave me a hit on similar powers being given to the Dept of Energy...I didn’t even want to read the details, though.