It’s Good to be King

This little tidbit almost slipped past:

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.

What? By issuing a decree, the president can exempt himself from the law? When did we elect an emperor?

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One response to “It’s Good to be King

  1. Of course he doesn’t paint himself into a corner without an escape hatch or clause. He may look dumb, but he ain’t stupid. Do I feel a cartoon coming on?

    I did see a great cartoon, not one of mine, where we have Bush driving a car with an NSA agent sitting up front with his binoculars. Crammed in the back seat is lady liberty. Bush says to her that she will need to stay there until this terrorist thing is taken care of, or some such verbiage.

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