January 04, 2007

For someone who's not much of a reader ...

... Dubya is sure anxious to read the mail of anyone he chooses.

Slipping under the radar late last month, the prez added a signing statement to his approval of a postal service reform bill. In that statement, he asserts his right to order the opening of first class mail — without a warrant — any time he thinks circumstances warrant.

As is true of Dubya's illegal wiretapping, there is no evidence that the courts have refused to grant warrants to open mail when the feds have demonstrated a need to do so. Similarly, the 'right' that Dubya asserts in his signing statement is just as illegal as the wiretapping, and does just as much damage to what's left of Americans' right to privacy.

Via New York Daily News.

Posted by Magpie at January 4, 2007 08:45 AM | Civil Liberties | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |