Saturday, June 17, 2006

Gobsmacking power of George Bush

I was gobsmacked by Martin Kettle's article in the Guardian today, titled "America's problem is again a usurping king called George".

In essence, when an American President signs a law, he then quietly signs a document, called a "signing statement" saying how he interprets the law. With this particular President, the mind boggles.

For example, after signing the much-heralded bill outlawing torture of detainees, he signed a statement saying that the bill might be, effectively, ignored sometimes.

This is staggering! Kettle's article is a must-read for anyone who is even slightly concerned about the way the USA is going - which ought to be everyone.

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