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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.
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