Thursday, January 04, 2007
Bush Claims Authority to Open Mail without Warrant
From today's New York Daily News comes this statement:
"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."
The actual signing statement found on the White House website is here.
Hopefully we'll see more analysis and scrutiny of this latest, but unsurprising, assault on the Fourth Amendment.