Bush quietly authorizes opening of Americans' mail

NY Daily News 01/04/2007

Bush quietly authorizes opening of Americans' mail

By James Gordon Meek -New York Daily News

WASHINGTON - President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the New York 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. Bush's move came during the winter congressional recess and a year after his secret domestic electronic eavesdropping program was first revealed. It caught Capitol Hill by surprise.

WTF, Is the executive branch completely fucking nuts run amuk. I can't imagine how this one is going to make it without crazy controversy. This makes warrentless wiretapping look small.


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