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Bush Opening You Mail

It is insane to me that this story has been buried, as far as I am concern it should be on the front page of every paper in the country. Even my die-hard Republican friends will agree that this is a horrible invasion of privacy. Thank God some semblance of a balance of power has been restored...What a way to ring in the New Year!

President Bush signing statement may allow warrantless mail opening
Last Update: 1/5/2007 4:37:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant. The White House says U-S policy hasn't changed. But last month, Bush attached a signing statement to a postal reform act. It says his administration will interpret the law to permit searches under certain circumstances "to the maximum extent permissible." The American Civil Liberties Union says the add-on raises "serious questions" about whether the president intends to violate the Constitution by authorizing warrantless searches of U-S mail. And Democratic Senator Charles Schumer calls it an "unauthorized reinterpretation" of the law. The A-C-L-U says it will make a formal request to learn how the provision will be used, or whether it's already been used to open letters and packages in the mail.

From www.WOAI.com

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