The Next Time I’m Pulled Over For Speeding

Or, say, bank robbery, I think that I will follow the new Obama Doctrine and declare that such laws really don’t apply to moi

Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out.

…Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

Before the current law was enacted at the end of last year, the conditions were even more stringent. However, the administration and some Democrats had pressed for them to be loosened, in part to give them more flexibility to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release.

A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed. When he signed the law last year, Obama issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.

“Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

Really, officer, due to a near-term opportunity to get home in a timely fashion as was my desire I moved as quickly as possible. I determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances I should make my car go forward as fast as possible notwithstanding the posted speed limits.

4 Responses to “The Next Time I’m Pulled Over For Speeding”

  1. Syd B. says:

    The police acted stupidly.

  2. miriam says:

    Laws are irrelevant nowadays. What matters is who has the weapons.

  3. aelfheld says:

    ‘unique and exigent circumstances’ = ‘VA scandal still isn’t gone’

  4. Skyler says:

    There is some question on the constitutionality of that law. The founding fathers created a solitary executive (never intending the vast administrative law we have now) precisely to allow this type of negotiation and action.

    Treaties must be ratified, but this does not amount to a treaty. It is a communication and deal with a hostile nongovernmental entity during a time of war. It is not ending the war, it is simply a prisoner swap.

    I hate defending this result and this administration, but it’s not clear at all that he was wrong in having the Constitutional power to do this.

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