Meet the Architect of the "Patriot Act"
Sat Dec 6 01:53:08 2003
Meet the Architect of the "Patriot Act" (Born in Vietnam)
Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice
Viet D. Dinh
Viet D. Dinh was sworn in as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal
Policy on May 31, 2001.
Prior to his entry into government service, Dinh was Professor of Law and Deputy
Director of Asian Law and Policy Studies at the Georgetown University Law
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard College and Harvard Law School,
where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics.
He was a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He
served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, as
Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of the
President, and as counsel to the Special Master in In re Austrian and German
Bank Holocaust Litigation. He is a member of the District of Columbia and U.S.
Supreme Court bars.
As an academic, he specialized in constitutional law, corporations law, and the
law and economics of development. His representative publications include
Reassessing the Law of Preemption, 88 GEO. L.J. 2085 (2000); What Is the Law in
Law and Development?, 3 THE GREEN BAG 2D 19 (1999); Codetermination and
Corporate Governance in a Multinational Business Enterprise, 24 J. CORP. L. 975
(1999); and Races, Crime, and the Law, 111 HARV. L. REV. 1289 (1998).
Born on February 22, 1968, in Saigon, Vietnam, Dinh came to America as a refugee
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Military in Society
The "Founding Fathers" worried a lot about the effect a large standing army
could have on their young democracy. They had just endured occupation by English
and Hanoverian troops and fought a revolution to throw them out. And history had
shown that a large standing army was as likely to be used to oppress its own
people as against foreign invaders. To ensure that this did not happen here, the
Constitution envisioned a system of state militias that could be called into
federal service to meet a common threat. In case of an impending major threat or
for continuous needs, such as manning frontier posts, Congress could authorize
an army, but could fund it only for a period of two years.
§806. Attorney's oath — Randy Dixon, Sat Dec 6 04:14
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