John at AmericaBlog observes that Bush’s “signing statement” on the torture ban implies that his status as Commander-in-Chief entitles him to override law at will. The Boston Globe article he cites says this:
When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.
After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a ''signing statement" -- an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law -- declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.
What was that about “a government of laws, and not of men” again? (Conservatives have apparently forgotten, so liberals must remind them.)