Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Nerfing the McCain Amendment

Belgravia Dispatch has the details,and a ton of other links. This is what Bush attached to the legislation in his signing statement.

The executive branch shall construe Title X in Division A of the Act, relating to detainees, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with the constitutional limitations on the judicial power, which will assist in achieving the shared objective of the Congress and the President, evidenced in Title X, of protecting the American people from further terrorist attacks.

Read: You don't know me. I do what I want.

It was all an end-run.