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Examples of the president's signing statements

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  1. Zuma

    Zuma Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    http://tinselwing.blogspot.com/2006/07/signing-statements-top-ten-list.html
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php?year=2006&Submit=DISPLAY

    Examples of the president's signing statements..
    (This is through 2006 only)

    Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has issued signing statements on more than 750 new laws, declaring that he has the power to set aside the laws when they conflict with his legal interpretation of the Constitution. The federal government is instructed to follow the statements when it enforces the laws. Here are 10 examples and the dates Bush signed them

    For openers….here are just a few. The law is shown first, in blue. The Bush signing statement is shown in red, beneath it.

    March 9, 2006: Justice Department officials must give reports to Congress by certain daes on how the FBI is using the USA Patriot Act to search homes and secretly seize papers...
    Bush's signing statement: The president can order Justice Department officials to withhold any information from Congress if he decides it could impair national security or executive branch operations

    Dec. 30, 2005: US interrrogators cannot torture prisoners or otherwise subject them to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment..
    Bush's signing statement: The president, as commander in chief, can waive the torture ban if he decides that harsh interrogation techniques will assist in preventing terrorist attacks...

    Dec. 30: When requested, scientific information "prepared by government researchers and scientists shall be transmitted [to Congress] uncensored and without delay.".
    Bush's signing statement: The president can tell researchers to withhold any information from Congress if he decides its disclosure could impair foreign relations, national security, or the workings of the executive branch...

    Aug. 8: The Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its contractors may not fire or otherwise punish an employee whistle-blower who tells Congress about possible wrongdoing...
    Bush's signing statement: The president or his appointees will determine whether employees of the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can give information to Congress...

    Dec. 23, 2004: Forbids US troops in Colombia from participating in any combat against rebels, except in cases of self-defense. Caps the number of US troops allowed in Colombia at 800...
    Bush's signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can place restrictions on the use of US armed forces, so the executive branch will construe the law "as advisory in nature."..

    You are just gonna love this one...

    Aug. 5: The military cannot add to its files any illegally gathered intelligence, including information about Americans obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches...
    Bush's signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can tell the military whether or not it can use any specific piece of intelligence.

    And there are many more. Over 1,000 in total since he was selected as president.


    This alone is evidence of felonious crimes against the Constitution, and possibly TREASON.
     
  2. Stokes

    Stokes In the Starting Line-Up

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    These few here at least are all examples of the fight between the White house and Congress over executive power. I'm not sure that these signing statements constitute felonious crimes against the Constitution, and I'm certain they don't constitute treason.

    The Bushies have gone too far in trying to expand executive power though, I'm with you on that one.
     

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