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Bush's Signing Statement on the Supplemental Surrender Act of 2007
By David Swanson
Well, it's possible Bush has begun keeping his signing statements off his website, because this is the only statement he's put there about his signing of the Supplemental Surrender Act.
I assumed he would find dozens of little things in the bill to reverse. If there was anything with any good to it in the bill, I was sure we could count on Bush's lawyers to find it and reverse it. But Bush just praises the "benchmarks" - which of course he wanted all along, and leaves it at that. "Dis heer briar patch ain't so shabby, Master Obey."
Now, it's true that Nancy Pelosi had threatened to sue if Bush tried to reverse sections of this law with a signing statement, and it's true that people were watching. Maybe Bush decided that there was just so little he didn't like in the bill and such a spotlight on the issue at the moment that he'd be better off simply violating the law without announcing his intention to do so.
If you have the stomach to go to http://thomas.loc.gov and read HR 2206 you're sure to find things Bush opposes. There's probably yet another ban on torture in there. The Associated Press reported that the bill contains a commitment to leave Iraq if the Iraqi government asks (which it already has). Maybe Bush has decided that announcing his intention to violate laws is more trouble than it's worth. If so, that's something of a victory against the formalization and codification of dictatorial power. But it doesn't guarantee lawful behavior. And lawful behavior is genocide when Congress passes bills like this one.