Thursday, May 11, 2006

How Bush redefines the intent of the law

President Bush signed a military spending bill in December that included a hard-fought amendment banning the cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of foreign prisoners. Then he put a statement in the Federal Register asserting his right to ignore the ban when necessary, in his judgment, to protect Americans from terrorism.

In March, Bush signed a renewal of search and surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act and said at a public ceremony that civil liberties would be protected by a series of new amendments. Then he quietly inserted another statement in the Federal Register that virtually nullified one of those amendments, a requirement that the administration report to Congress on the FBI's use of its powers under the Patriot Act to seize library, bookstore and business records.

EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY / How Bush redefines the intent of the law / Instead of vetoing bills, he officially disregards portions with which he doesn't agree

America is being ran by one man. I hope you liked democracy (or even the small sense of the one we had) because it is now over.

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