Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bush able to read your mail

No doubt you have heard or read the expression, What will they think of next? well, here's what Bush is up to now: reading your mail.

Kind of overlooked back there in all the last-minute Christmas shopping was this NY Daily News report (Dec 20, 2007):

W pushes envelope on U.S. spying

New postal law lets Bush peek through your mail


President Bush added a "signing statement" in recently passed postal reform bill that may give him new powers to pry into your mail - without a warrant.

WASHINGTON - 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.

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.