posted on Feb, 18 2009 @ 07:19 PM
Too bad the president himself doesn't have to follow his own executive orders and pretty much dictates what the law is anyway, according to the
Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) within the Department of Justice.
On December 7, 2007, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, disclosed on the floor of the US Senate that he
had declassified three legal documents of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) within the Department of Justice that state:
1. An executive order cannot limit a president. There is no constitutional requirement for a president to issue a new executive order whenever he
wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the president has instead modified or waived
2. The President, exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful exercise of the President’s
authority under Article II.
3. The Department of Justice is bound by the President’s legal determinations.
Whitehouse said, “These three Bush administration legal propositions boil down to this: one, ‘I don’t have to follow my own rules, and I
don’t have to tell you when I’m breaking them’; two, ‘I get to determine what my own powers are’; and three, ‘The Department of Justice
doesn’t tell me what the law is, I tell the Department of Justice what the law is.’”
Doncha' just hate lawyers.
[edit on 18-2-2009 by ipsedixit]