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As if illegal domestic spying weren’t enough, the initial ABA report on Presidential signing statements under George Bush is out.  And it’s not good news for the Unilateral Executive Who Would Be King:

The ABA group, which includes a one-time FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws….

"This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy," said the ABA’s president, Michael Greco. "If left unchecked, the president’s practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries."

I bet Dick Cheney has clipped out a news article or two and issued some marching orders made some annotations.

Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe has much more.  And deserves a whole lot of credit for pushing this issue to the fore when all the other journalists were ignoring it — it has been his steadfast work on this important issue that led to the ABA even considering it.  (Kudos to Mr. Savage!  Well done!)

(See here and here for more on signing statements.  For more on the ABA’s position, see here and here.) 

UPDATE:  This just went up on the Jurist website — regarding the Specter bill — thought everyone might want a read.

UPDATE #2:  Great clip from Crooks and Liars on the ABA’s position on Presidential overreach, the Cheney/Addington unilateral executive initiatives, and the flaccid Republican Congressional response.  (Huge hat tip to reader Petro for the reminder on the clip.)