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Posted on 01/12/2009 4:57:14 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Obama to reverse Bush executive orders By: Ben Smith and Lisa Lerer January 12, 2009 06:15 PM EST
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to move swiftly to reverse executive orders regarding torture of terror suspects, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and other controversial security policies, sources close to his transition said, in dramatic gestures aimed at reversing President Bushs accumulation of executive power.
Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) said hes been informed that President Obama will support his proposed legislation to make public some opinions from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which issued some of the Bush Administration's most sweeping claims of executive power. Obama also has promised to limit President Bush's practice of using "signing statements" to amend legislation.
"Every day we get indications that they're serious about reversing the abuses of the Constitution," Feingold, a harsh Bush critic, told Politico. Feingold said Obama's staff told him to expect executive orders rapidly reversing Bush policies on the interrogation and detention of terror suspects, and on keeping the records of past presidents secret. He declined to be more specific.
"I don't know in what order or how fast" Obamas executive orders could come, he said. "It'll be important that a couple of them be done immediately, and I think they will be, to show there's a strong break from the current policy."
Chris Lu, executive director of Obamas transition team, told supporters in a conference call earlier this month that Obamas aides have started developing executive orders that the pres elect is considering not only ones the President-elect will sign after January 20, but also ones we will want to repeal."
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“Obama also has promised to limit President Bush’s practice of using “signing statements” to amend legislation”
What a relief. I was worried about Bush doing something after he left office.
Until the first terrorist attack and his poll numbers hit single digits...
Isn’t this SOP for incoming presidents no matter which party they come from?
What idiots. A signing statement cannot amend a law. It is merely the president's statement as to his interpretation of the law. A court is perfectly free to consider this interpretation or just ignore it. The statement is essentially meaningless from a legal standpoint.
RE: military policy “don’t ask, don’t tell”
Now ok to parade drag queens at bases in combat zones and local areas of Iraq and Afghnistan.
Every President throws a bone to their most ardent supporters as soon as they get in office. In this case, Jihadi terrorists and their ilk.
That pretty much describes "The One" from my point of view until he provides his PROOF..
Sounds like Mr. Obamacorn doesn’t approve of “harsh interrogation” of Islamic terrorists. Don’t tell me he isn’t a muzzie.
Are Presidential Executive Orders that easily revoked? I thought the coal that Bubba sequestered in Utah was an irrevocable Exec Order....
Every president has used signing statements.
Not that the facts matter.
As for Gitmo. Let him stand with the terrorists.
Patriot Americans will not stand with him.
Legality is what obamarama declares it to be.
I’m all for the Obamunist reducing his executive power
to the full extent possible. He can even cede is Commander & Chief authority to Bob Gates, and just show up for
photo events and bill signings.
This is the type stuff they do in Kenya.
In Indonesia, the Junta executes the opposition whenever they finish the coup.
Very similar to what Democrats did during the KKK’s lynching era which ended around 1950, where they lynched as many white opponents of Democrats as they did blacks.
Obama , endorsed by Hamas...embraces terrorists....to be expected
We are about to be led by a government that believes that terrorists have Constitutional rights but unborn children do not. I pray that Americans will pay attention to the consequences and that an opposition party emerges to contest the results of the last election. Judging by recent emanations from official Republican circles, such a party does not presently exist.
Ban offshore oil drilling
Ban new onshore drilling
Ban oil shale harvesting
Ban conversion of coal to oil
Ban new coal power plants
Ban new nuclear power plants
Ban dry cask storage at nukes
Require all new power plants to be solar or wind
P. BO's first hour on the job.
Exactly. I’m LIVING for 0bama’s ‘My Little Goat’ moment.
However, President Bush wasn’t stunned as the media portrayed him to be...he was p*ssed. To his bones. But he put the kids first. No need to panic the little ones!
Thanks for protecting us for the past 8 years, Mr. President. Many of us have come to the stark realization that we WILL be on our own if something like 9/11 happens again....if not something even worse. *SIGH*
It won't take an attack.
Amen. Yes thank you GW. You will be missed. Obama and his administration better hope al Qaeda does not strike here because the democrats will never be trusted with power again.
Another one of Clinton’s last minute EO’s was lowering the arsenic level in drinking water where compliance would be very expensive if even possible (arsenic is a natural substance in the water supply). City gov’ts. across the nation screamed bloody murder when Bush took office, and he reversed this EO. It was all done to make Bush look bad showing he was against drinking water safety.
That leaves some very disturbing EO’s from Clinton that Bush didn’t reverse, such as the cleanest coal in the world out there in Utah being made part of the UN’s heritage parks and thus off limits for mining (the ChiCom were the benefactors of that one). Also Clinton ensured that our troops wear the UN patch and beret and take orders from UN commanders under a very secret EO. We know about it because of one brave soldier who was court martialed for refusing to follow this order in the Kosovo “conflict” - he said his oath was to defend his country, not the UN - he was hung out to dry. Bush didn’t reverse that one, for obvious reasons - he’s a Globalist, too.
It’s very common, especially when the opposite party takes over. We just have a healthy fear of what the O-Man will do.
You forgot Don’t ask don’t Tell and FOCA which will close many Maternity Wards in Catholic Hospitals...
The entire f'en RAT party is an violation of the Constitution.
We know for sure that "Man made global climate change" won't be the death of us with the Messiah at the helm.
Of course most of us knew this long ago.
He was also in shock. And he’s a dad himself (of 2 girls who had early problems but I think 99 percent of Dads would be proud to have them) so he knows how to work with kids.
Bush should do some EOs this week just to make Obama reverse them but he has too much class.
Which states are lining up to take the Gitmo detainees? Wait till the detainees start to scream about mistreatment when their new situations are nowhere as nice as they were in Gitmo. And if the authorities give in to the detainees then the main line cons will riot.
There’s one thing we’ve been for 7 years that we won’t be with 0bama at the helm -
protected by the entity whose (only) job it is to do so.
Well, maybe they’ll think twice about voting for “the black guy” just because it’s cool to do so.
Unfortunately, though, a vacuum in executive power will simply give more power to the Communist leadership in the House and Senate, and to America's other enemies...
See Isiah 24:1-12
We get the government we deserve.
May God have mercy on us.
Yep, here comes the Democrats’ witch hunt. The Democrats aren’t worth the effort to defend them.
And FOCA..........I want to cry.
Our country is about to be treated to the spectacle of this know-nothing, done-nothing yutz stepping in dogshit with every step he takes for the next four years.
I hope we survive.
You forgot these Obama executive orders:
Stand down all nuclear missiles to launch on impact
Suspend deployment of NMD systems to Poland
Suspend/delay weapons research
Allow China and Russia to see US/NATO military plans
Rapidly pull out of Iraq contrary to promises not to
Allow gays in the military
The return of klintonian rule.
They won't be so controversial after their repeal leads to several thousand American deaths.....we'll re-open Gitmo just to have a place to put ZeroBama and his merry gang.
As of 2007, all presidents combined had issued about 600 signing statements (I'm guessing that means #1 - Washington through #42 - Clinton). President Bush as of less than three-quarters of the way through his two terms, had issued more than 800.
That statistic alone indicates a very strange departure from tradition. More odd, even, when you consider that the President's own party controlled both houses of Congress for a good part of his two terms.
I for one am concerned about a rogue presidency in this day and age, with this cast of characters.
Reference on signing statements: http://www.cdi.org/laws/fleming-presidential-signing-statements-022807.html
“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president, I actually respect the Constitution,”
Oh? Perhaps he could point out the place in the Constitution that allows him to meddle in the economy? Or raise taxes? Or mess with gun rights?
How many Bush appointees will he fire? Of course he won’t be criticized for it when he does.
EXACTLY. I have cursing, screaming fits when I occasionally take a deep breath and submerge myself into the swamp at DU and they're whining and moaning about Bush subverting the law by his signing statements. Signing statements aren't worth the paper they're (not) written on. God what a bunch of drooling, babbling fools we're forced to tolerate as our countrymen.
I think a signing statement is entirely appropriate for a president to issue, although not a constitutional procedure. At least it lets everyone know how the president intends to enforce the law, at least until he’s overruled by a court.
I maybe don’t get quite as upset as you, but the idiocy involved in the misinterpretation of this issue and of the “unitary presidency” is just amazing. :)
If an attack occurs, every stupid asshole that voted for Obama will have blood on his/her hands.
Mexico City policy is what I am keeping an eye out for. If history is our guide that will be on Obama’s “what to do on the first day” list. Oh boy, federal funds (Our sweat taken from us) going overseas to fund murder for convenience, got to love the American electorate./s
The Mexico City policy that Reagan created (Using existing Acts of Congress through global aid) by EO does regulate federal funding of abortion overseas but not domestically. In order for domestic spending of abortions the Hyde Amendment needs to be wiped out first (Through FOCA).
Contrary to popular belief the President isn't all that powerful without Congressional approval. In fact the President is made to be a impotent creature with the right amount of resistance in Congress or the Supreme Court.