Pres. Obama took time from his vacation to sign the defense authorization bill. In doing so, he issued a signing statement expressing "serious reservations" about provisions dealing with the prosecution, detention, and interrogation of terrorist suspects.
President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having "serious reservations" about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.
The bill also applies penalties against Iran's central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran's ability to fund its nuclear enrichment program. The Obama administration is looking to soften the impact of those penalties because of concerns that they could lead to a spike in global oil prices or cause economic hardship on U.S. allies that import petroleum from Iran.
In a statement accompanying his signature, the president chastised some lawmakers for what he contended was their attempts to use the bill to restrict the ability of counterterrorism officials to protect the country.
Administration officials said Obama was only signing the measure because Congress made minimally acceptable changes that no longer challenged the president's terrorism-fighting ability.
"Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded," Obama said in the signing statement.
Jesus, just sign the f***ing thing! But, don't go trying to give yourself a fake civil liberties fig leaf over civil rights for terrorism suspects. Military tribunals and the law of war should have been more than enough for the KSM's of the world, and their foot soldiers. Instead, Democrat politicians - from then-Senator Obama on down - whipped up hysterics over "torture," such that common sense Bush-era terror prosecution rules became a hopeless muddle. Yet, when the time came to change course, Obama and virtually the entire left adopted Bush's policies in their entirety.
This signing statement isn't just an impotent distraction; it's a sign that the left would themselves prefer to be tortured, rather than admit that Bush was right all along.