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Audio of Panel on Presidential Power:
The Federalist Society has posted the audio of the recent faculty symposium panel, "May the President disregard a congressional statute for national security reasons?", featuring John Yoo, Doug Kmiec, Louis Fisher, and co-blogger Ilya Somin.

  Here's a rough breakdown of the appearances (with breaks for Q&A by moderator Doug Kmiec):
Doug Kmiec (0:00 to 11:00).
Louis Fisher (11:00 to 24:30)
John Yoo (30:00 to 43:00)
Ilya Somin (47:00 to 58:00)
Q&A (first with questions by Kmiec, later by the audience) (58:00 to 1:29:00)
  Near the end of the Q&A, I asked a question to John Yoo in response to his presentation. You can hear my question, and his answer, starting at the 1:24:30 mark.
steve lubet (mail):
Could you provide a brief synopsis of each speaker's answer to the presenting question?
1.10.2007 5:54pm
josh:
Can't get the audio link to work.
1.10.2007 6:02pm
Colin (mail):
If you don't have time to summarize the entire panel appearance, would you mind describing your question and Yoo's answer? I'd imagine there are a lot of readers who are curious but can't pull down large audio files in the office.
1.10.2007 6:39pm
Ilya Somin:
Could you provide a brief synopsis of each speaker's answer to the presenting question?

Roughly speaking (and oversimplifying), Louis Fisher and I answered the question with a "No," while the other panelists said "Yes."
1.10.2007 7:03pm
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
ain't any audio yet.
1.10.2007 7:29pm
OrinKerr:
Glenn,

The audio works for me. Are others having trouble?
1.10.2007 7:32pm
Kovarsky (mail):
ive had no problem. unless you count the john yoo part.

note that the audio is hyperlinked to the text "posted the audio" and not subsequent parts of the post.
1.10.2007 7:33pm
Kovarsky (mail):
yeah, that's the malfunction here. i suspect those who can't get the audio are clicking through to the federalist society page, which states that the audio is not available.

click on the "posted the audio" text hyperlink to get the audio stream.

boy it gets tiring figuring everything out all the time. :)
1.10.2007 7:35pm
Kovarsky (mail):
wow, fisher tears into the administration at the end. what is his background?
1.10.2007 7:49pm
Mark Field (mail):

wow, fisher tears into the administration at the end. what is his background?


Fisher is the author of this book, which I highly recommend.
1.10.2007 10:29pm
Ramza:
Make sure you right click the "posted the audio" link and not left click it since it links directly to the 82 meg mp3 file. If you left click you will be waiting a long time or you will see your browser crash.
1.10.2007 10:30pm
Anderson (mail) (www):
Roughly speaking (and oversimplifying), Louis Fisher and I answered the question with a "No," while the other panelists said "Yes."

Good for you! I was thinking that, if I were the Constitution, I wouldn't want to be alone in a room with some of those panelists. Glad you &Fisher were there.
1.11.2007 5:08pm
Just an Observer:
I finally got time to hear most of the session, which was just as unsatisfying as the last Federalist Society conference that featured Yoo on a panel about a year ago.

Even allowing for the excuse that another panelist -- the one who was supposed to support the proposition that the Constitution actually justifies such extreme presidential action -- called in sick, there just was no meat on this part of the argument.

When Orin challenged Yoo to reconcile the speaker's "functionalist" arguments that presidents ought to have such power with Federalist constitutional principles, Yoo just danced and joked about how academia doesn't make him deal with such "formalistic" questions.

The amazing thing is that such a large portion of the society audience rolls over for this because their guy happens to be in the White House.
1.12.2007 9:14am