Thursday, January 04, 2007

"I've Got Your Mail"

Okay, self-described civil libertarians when the fuck are you going to give a damn?

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.

I guess Glenn Beck will care when his "Juggs" magazine arrives late, but being a dirty fucking hippy I'm mad now.

You know, good on the NY Daily News for noticing this but why, after all the prior discussion of Bush's use of signing statemenTs, did it take two weeks for someone to do so?