Saturday, March 25, 2006
Bush:I'll Add onto the Patriot Act if I want
The Empty Headed Emperor does it again: BostonGlobe: "When Bush signed the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers. Bush signed the bill at a WH ceremony March 9, calling it ''a piece of legislation that's vital to win the war on terror." But after the reporters and guests had left, the WH quietly issued a ''signing statement," an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law. In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could w/hold the info if he decided that disclosure would ''impair foreign relations, natl security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties." Forget then fact that Bush did this same crap w/ the anti-torture law, the bigger picture is this: The Constitution gives the legislative branch the power to write the laws and the executive branch the duty to ''faithfully execute" them. That is illegal. It's unconstitutional. You can't do that. A president can't just say he's going to ignore the law. But since when has that pesky lil thing called the Constitution ever stood in his way?