The American Bar Association said the president's signing statements amount to a "line item veto" that Congress is powerless to override, and constitute a ?threat to the Constitution and to the rule of law.?
A blogger surfaced The Boston Globe's list of President Bush's most egregious use of signing statements (the "interpretations" Bush makes of about-to-be-signed bills to avoid following the laws' intent). Worst one: Bush asserts a right to waive the torture ban if doing so will prevent terrorist attacks.
Dick Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington, routinely reviews legislation bound for the president's desk, searching for ways that the bills may limit presidential power. More than a quick-hit news item, this article masterly describes Bush's use of signing statements--interpretations of a law that can be used to subvert a law's intended purpose. Earlier: Addington--"The Most Powerful Person You've Never Heard Of"
The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used "signing statements" to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years. Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush's use of "signing statements" is unprecedented.