THE JUDICIARY: How Long the War?

While Congress was sweating this week over extension of rent controls,* the U.S. Supreme Court took a look at the rent-control law of 1947. As it has in other cases involving congressional war powers, the Court upheld the law's constitutionality. There was no dissent, but Justice Robert Jackson made a significant point about the "vague and undefinable" war powers under which it had become a law.

Said Justice Jackson: "No one will question that this power is the most dangerous one to free government in the whole catalogue of powers. . . . In this case, the Government urged hasty decisions...

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