The Monitor – McAllen, Texas. This article is about the growing use of the term "Unitary Executive" being used by the Bush Administration. It is short, check it out. It highlights a disturbing trend.
Most recently, in signing the Defense Appropriations bill that contained the McCain anti-torture amendment, the president proclaimed that "the executive branch shall construe Title X in Division A of the Act, relating to detainees, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with the constitutional limitations on the judicial power …"
Does that mean, since administration lawyers have argued in the past that the president’s "plenary power" in an emergency includes the right to ignore treaties and acts of Congress, that the president will do whatever he pleases, and the judiciary branch can go whistle, as some have suggested? Not quite, but it’s worth worrying about.