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News :: Politics
Bush Ignores the Law
04 May 2006
The Boston Globe today (05/04/06)revealed that "President Bush has claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution." And he does it all with that smug smile.
Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office

From Boston Globe Article By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON -- President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

for entire article: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/04/30/bush_ch/
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Old News Is No News
04 May 2006
I read that our criminal prez broke over 750 laws four days ago. Seems like nobody cares. They will when our rights are suspended. These neos are going to pull some fake terrorists lies on us before election. They know their time is up.
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are brainwashed by the dummy tube, and the news rags.
I can only hope...that the people of the United States wake up.
It's Just War, Stupid
04 May 2006
I don't care how many laws he broke. How many have you broken?

A law is not broken anyway unless a court says you broke one. At the least you have to be arrested and/or indicted. Most lawyers spend their time arguing that this law or that law doesnt apply to their client.

Why is Bush different than any one else? Yes, hes's the President. If anything that gives him some power to interpret the law because he not you has the job of seeing that the laws are faithfully executed. US courts have often given Presidents, particularly in defense and foreign affairs, great lattitude in determining the scope of authority.

Courts are restricted also by separation of powers in determination of when the President may have exceeded authority delegated solely to the Exectutive Branch. Since we are at war, the Commander in Chief certainly can do pretty much whatever he needs to do to capture enemy supporters and intercept and disrupt their communications.

This has nothing to do with the courts or with the Intelligence laws that deal with intercepted communications in non-war contexts.
Al-Qaeda declared war on the U.S. before Clinton got a blow-job or lied about it.
04 May 2006
So, using the reasoning of the righ-wing nutjobs, we were at war when Clinton got a blowjob and lied about it. That, of course, never prevented the nutjobs from trying to impeach him.
Re: Bush Ignores the Law
05 May 2006
1. The Blow Job shouldn't have been impeachble either. That was a GOP lynch mob, like now we have a Lib Lynch Mob. Both mobs don't respect elections.

2. If Clinton had sent special forces to Sudan to kill or capture Ben Laden, and had to wiretap US citizens to get relevant information to make the mission a success, that would be a reasonable use of Presidential power as Commander in Chief. I agree it is almost unlimited power. But it is what it is. Al Queda is at war with the US so if the taps are to get evidence on them, I really don't see the problem. Lincoln was faced with terrorists and insurgents from the South who did not have any judicial rights either. Just because the war is fought on American soil doesn't change the fact that it's a war. Now if it's a drug guy or mobster or gangbanger, you get a warrant for sure.

Look, that is faily straightforward constituional law. change the constitution if it's so terrible.
General Boar? Isn't Constitutionally Educated!
05 May 2006
To think that the President is above the law? Is to think that Democracy is a joke.
Bush should have been Impeached from the Downing Street Memos.
Cheney should have been arrested for being drunk, and shooting his friend.
Rummy and Rice should have been arrested for lies that are killing our soldiers.
And ignoring 750 laws is appalling and dispicible. Besides being criminal!
Since the Republicans want to ignore Bush's illegal activities? They're as guilty as the "selected" one.
By the way Boar? Educate yourself. Google the Bill of Rights and Constitution. For that matter? The Federalist Papers. The truth wlll set you free!