I am afraid I have to reference the article Obama Challenges Provisions in Budget Bill from The New York Times. The only other link I found on Google that was not just to a blog was to Faux Noise. It is a sad commentary when those are the only two choices.
When President Obama signed a budget bill on Friday, he issued a signing statement claiming a right to bypass dozens of provisions that placed requirements or restrictions on the executive branch, saying he had “well-founded constitutional objections” to the new statutes.
Among them, he singled out two sections barring the use of money to transfer prisoners from the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States and limiting the ability of the government to transfer them to the custody or control of foreign countries. Mr. Obama said he would apply them in a way that avoided infringing on his powers, without any specific explanation of what that meant.
I am going to have to think long and hard about whether this action by President Obama gets him off the hook with me on my stated inability to ever vote for him again if he failed to veto this bill. Even if Obama refuses to use the powers that the bill tries to grant to him, some future president is sure to use them.
As I have said before, we need to prevent the loss of our civil rights in a time when the loss probably won’t be implemented. When the time comes that a president wants to use these powers, it will be too late for us to try to claw them back. That time might be sooner than we think, if this president decides to change his mind after he gets re-elected.