Saturday, July 23, 2005

Bush will veto bill if Congress attempts to check his unlimitted power

Via DKos, who saw it at Digby, if Congress sets up a comission to regulate POWs or investigate the abuse of prisoners at Gitmo or Abu Ghraib, Bush will VETO a defense bill.

The Reuters article,
The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year's defense programs if it moves to regulate the
Pentagon's treatment of detainees or sets up a commission to investigate operations at Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere.

The Bush administration, under fire for the indefinite detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and questions over whether its policies led to horrendous abuses at
Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq, put lawmakers on notice it did not want them legislating on the matter.

In a statement, the White House said such amendments would "interfere with the protection of Americans from terrorism by diverting resources from the war."

"If legislation is presented that would restrict the president's authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack and bring terrorists to justice," the bill could be vetoed, the statement said.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), who endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said after meeting at the Capitol with Vice President
Dick Cheney that he still intended to offer amendments next week "on the standard of treatment of prisoners."

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), who was working on legislation defining the legal status of enemy combatants being held in Guantanamo, also said he would offer an amendment.
Bush must have something really disgusting to hide, or the idea that he is above the law. Neither are reason to let him get away with jack divided by shit.

At least he isn't getting away with this. Anyone want to bet that his approval rates hit 25%?

Rove, Roberts and the french fry case, Iraq, possible plans to nuke Iran...

The future's so dim for bush, he's gotta wear I thought it was supposed to be good to be the king...

by Robster @ 7/23/2005 06:49:00 AM PERMALink
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