via: The Guardian
‘Signing statement’ attached to new Defense bill seeks to reserve the right to build bases in Iraq
George Bush has resumed his practice of disregarding portions of new laws, quietly reserving the right to build permanent military bases in Iraq, keep Congress in the dark on spying activity and block two accountability measures aimed at private security firms accused of wartime abuses.
As he signed a defence bill into law yesterday, Bush quietly added a “signing statement” that asserts his ability to ignore several parts of the measure. The signing statement is not a new tactic for Bush – he has issued hundreds during seven years in office, many more than his predecessors – but Democrats now are planning restraints on the presidential prerogative.
Basically, this is un-Constitutional. Is he just thumbing his nose at Congress and double-dog daring them to do a damn thing about it? Ya know George.., there is still time to impeach you..