Outrage of the Hour

I haven’t gone through this signing statement yet, but apparently, “using the same legal reasoning” as he did to engage in warrantless wiretapping, Pres. Bush has asserted in a signing statement the authority to open mail.

This assertion is, apparently, contrary to existing law and the very bill he signed.

Via James, Los Angeles.


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One Response to “Outrage of the Hour”

  1. MsJoanne Says:

    Hon, this is two-fer time. This allows them to open any mail they want:

    The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the Act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection.

    And also states that only He Who Shall Be Named by the president can make treaties for the UNITARY EXECUTIVE BRANCH:

    The executive branch shall construe subsection 409(h) of title 39, as enacted by section 404 of the Act, which relates to legal representation for an element of the executive branch, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

    Sweet, just sweet.

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