The Boston Globe
has published an article detailing another power grab attempt by Bush. (h/t Americablog
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.
The bill contained several oversight provisions intended to make sure the FBI did not abuse the special terrorism-related powers to search homes and secretly seize papers. The provisions require Justice Department officials to keep closer track of how often the FBI uses the new powers and in what type of situations. Under the law, the administration would have to provide the information to Congress by certain dates.
Bush signed the bill with fanfare at a White House ceremony March 9, calling it ''a piece of legislation that's vital to win the war on terror and to protect the American people." But after the reporters and guests had left, the White House quietly issued a ''signing statement," an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law.
I can’t believe that it took so long for the media to pick this up. President Bush’s interpretation of government power is quite radical and something that I think Americans need to know more about. It’s really not that hard to figure out. Congress writes the laws and the Executive executes them (I mean, come on, it’s right there in the names… Executive…Legislature)
It’s important that during midterm elections people vote for members of Congress that will make sure there is oversight on these borderline civil liberty violations. Once again, the government of this country is set up so that no one branch can have sole power. There is always oversight in order to prevent abuse. Do not allow this administration to change the principals of this country
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