A View From The Handbasket

Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wait a minute, Mr. Postman
Posted by neros_fiddle at 8:41 AM
For President Bush, rights are a zero-sum game. He takes them away from the people, and assigns them to himself:

President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned.

The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.

That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.

So now the administration has decided that phone calls, financial records, internet traffic and postal mail are fair game without any sort of judicial oversight at all. It's just a matter of time before the front door gets added to the list.

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