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LetterRip
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This was posted at arstechnica,


http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061006-7928.html

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Congress passed a Homeland Security spending bill yesterday that explicitly stipulated that only the congressional privacy officer has the authority to edit the DHS's report on how well the department is following privacy rules when it handles the data that it collects on American citizens [...] On signing the bill into law, President Bush attached a signing statement that declared his intention to comply with that particular stipulation only if it suits him.

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The Globe reports that Bush also used a signing statement to override the law's requirement that any candidate for FEMA chief have at least emergency management and homeland security experience, stating that the requirement rules out too many candidates.

Also some details on signing statements,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signing_statement

Since they appear to have no constitutional force (ie they are neither allowed nor disallowed), is the President breaking the law if he acts against the law written by congress and in accordance to his statement in the signing statements?

What leeway if any does or should a President have in enforcing or obeying the law or in determining the Constitutionality of said law? What penalty if any should there be for defying the law? Should a President be required to challenge the constitutionality of a law before he can decide not to enforce it?

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[ October 06, 2006, 11:06 PM: Message edited by: LetterRip ]

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Ohh and in one of the comments was this link to an Onion article

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/51140

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"The Globe reports that Bush also used a signing statement to override the law's requirement that any candidate for FEMA chief have at least emergency management and homeland security experience, stating that the requirement rules out too many candidates.'

read that arlier. cracked me up. heckuva job, Brownie.

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