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January 04, 2006

The Naivete of the Limitations of Executive Power

In case you had any delusions that the President has to abide by the law, this might cure you of those childish hallucinations.

When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of
detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers
as commander in chief.

After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a ''signing statement" --
an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a
new law -- declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the
context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means
Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal
specialists said.

So evidently this checks and balances thingy of the three-branch government doo-hicky in one of those Democracy dealy-bobs that we all learned about in Civics class is a bunch of hooey.

George really is the King and can do whatever he darned well pleases. I'm just a bit worried about David Brook's anus.


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