Administration Using Signing Statements To Grab Power


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A 27-page report prepared by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service calls the Bush Administration's embracing of signing statements a "comprehensive strategy to strengthen and expand executive power."

Consider the 2007 Pentagon Budget, which forbids the use of intelligence garnered through illegal methods. Bush's response:

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."

News of this report comes courtesy this Boston Globe article. Here's more regarding the pentagon budget:

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.

The report can be found here.

If you are wondering who's behind these statements, look no further than Cheney's office.

A catalog of Bush's signing statements can be found here.

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