President Bush has asserted that he is not necessarily bound by the bills he signs into law, and yesterday a congressional study found multiple examples in which the administration has not complied with the requirements of the new statutes.As I keep trying to remind people, it's important to remember that just because the Military Commissions Act says that certain forms of torture are no longer authorized for certain kinds of government employees to practice on certain kinds of prisoners, that's no reason to expect that it doesn't happen anymore.
Bush has been criticized for his use of "signing statements," in which he invokes presidential authority to challenge provisions of legislation passed by Congress. The president has challenged a federal ban on torture, a request for data on the administration of the USA Patriot Act and numerous other assertions of congressional power. As recently as December, Bush asserted the authority to open U.S. mail without judicial warrants in a signing statement attached to a postal reform bill.
The President did issue a "signing statement" on the MCA that essentially says, and may the gods of high journalism strike me dead if my paraphrase is inaccurate here, it says, "Yeah? Who gives a fnork what you liberals think?"
I understand there are people in Europe who are very concerned that perhaps the U.S.A. might still be torturing people and doing it inside prisons located in E.U. countries. You think? Do you people NEED TO SEE HIGH-DEF WAR PORN VIDEO BEFORE YOU WILL BELIEVE IT?
Why, oh why, please someone tell me, WHY are senior U.S. administration officials still permitted to move about the E.U. at will, trailing their ridiculous security details everywhere? How come none of these people have been snatched at a customs checkpoint, arrested and brought before the International Criminal Court. (It's clear to me that the U.S. is incapable of bringing prosecution against its own war criminals, so the ICC is the last resort here.) All those E.U. countries are signatories to the ICC Treaty. WTF is it going to take?
Does President Bush have to rape, torture, murder and eat a little French girl in the middle of a live interview on the Fox News Channel with Sean Hannity before you bastards will finally stop trying to appease him? JEEBUS!!!