An Imperial President? Bush Claims Right To Ignore New Law Banning Torture

Three influential Republicans Senators are condemning President Bush for claiming he has the authority to ignore a new law banning the torture of prisoners during interrogations. Bush signed the torture ban just last week. But he also quietly issued what is known as a signing statement in which he lays out his interpretation of the new law. In this document Bush declared that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. Legal experts say this means Bush believes he can waive the anti-torture restrictions.


Paul Hue said...

Nadir: I agree with you on this point.

Paul Hue said...

Also, Lincoln faced these same charges. I believe that he also was wrong in this case. Yet, ironically, from his violations of liberty came a great expanse of liberty.