The [2007 military budget bill] bars the Pentagon from using any intelligence that was collected illegally, including information about Americans that was gathered in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable government surveillance.Okay, so maybe signing statements are not illegal. But they are also not to be used by the President to declare himself to be above or beside the law. Dubya may think he's the Decider, but he's not; Congress is, and it's time they remembered that.
In Bush's signing statement, he suggested that he alone could decide whether the Pentagon could use such information. His signing statement instructed the military to view the law in light of "the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief, including for the conduct of intelligence operations, and to supervise the unitary executive branch."
Bush also challenged three sections that require the Pentagon to notify Congress before diverting funds to new purposes, including top-secret activities or programs. Congress had already decided against funding. Bush said he was not bound to obey such statutes if he decided, as commander in chief, that withholding such information from Congress was necessary to protect security secrets.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
Okay, let's assume that the Democrats topple the Republicans exclusive lock on power come November 7. There are a lot of things that need to done, but how about we start with something that any Legislator who loves his power ought to be able to agree on: a bill or censure or a statement or something regarding Bush's use of signing statements when he signs bills passed by Congress. They are undermining the power of the legislative branch, and I'm rather surprised that this hasnt come up yet in court. If nothing else, careful scrutiny of these statements should be made to cut through the Administration's line of bullshit and get to the heart of Lord Bush's real intentions. Read this: