This chapter describes a vision called National Security Presidency (NSP), which claims extraordinary powers for the president in the area of national security in terms of acting without congressional authorization. The NSP also gives the president the right to disregard congressional legislation and individual constitutional rights when he feels they impede his programs. It calls for quick, decisive action to protect America from foreign enemies, even as it poses a serious challenge to the official constitutional interpretation of presidential powers in the area of national security. This chapter examines the NSP within the context of the official Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in its implementation. It also considers the concept of “imperial presidency” and concludes by presenting arguments in favor of the NSP and emphasizing its importance to national security.
NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.