Thursday, January 04, 2007



by Mags

So George Bush has once again used a signing statement to breach yours and my rights to privacy. His regime is again concerned about opening our mail. According to George, he can now construe anyone he wishes as a "threat" and open our mail. Vague language of the "proverbial ticking time bomb" gives him this right. Everything with George is vague.

If you think about it, he had to do it. He had the internets covered, and we all know our cell phone conversations are being listened to whenever Bush and his thugs damn well please. But, the US Mail? There was the new medium for keeping things secret. Imagine that. Snail mail became the most private means of communication.

I am sure this means that clubs and political organizations will have to mail their meeting notices earlier than they ever have so that George can sift through it all first to make sure that Grannies for Peace or Toddlers for Pelosi are not planning to topple HIS regime.

This is only the latest of the bizarre twists that we have experienced during this Bush madness that is publicly termed a presidency.

But, never let it be said that I am not one to do my patriotic duty. I am sure I can see my way clear to send to George periodically a large box full of all of my credit card company adverts as well as loads of useful coupons and catalogues that I cannot seem to stop from coming to my mailbox. That way whenever in his little pea brain he feels threatened by us big bad liberals, he can just pull out the boxes of mail and assure himself that most of us are busy struggling to pay our bills. But, for some this might be a relief. Grab a box and clean off the coffee tables and counters. George wants to know what is in your mailbox.


Tomorrow's Washington Post is reporting that there are civil libertarians and Democrats questioning the whole premise of Bush's latest invasion of privacy. "Some civil liberties and national-security law experts said the statement's language is unduly vague and appears to go beyond long-recognized limits on the ability of the government to open letters and other U.S. mail without approval from a judge. Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies in Washington, said the government has long been able to legally open mail believed to contain a bomb or other imminent threat. But authorities are generally required to seek a warrant from a criminal or special intelligence court in other cases, Martin and other experts said. 'The administration is playing games about warrants,' Martin said. 'If they are not claiming new powers, then why did they need to issue a signing statement?'"

Shumer, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee referred to Bush's signing statement today as a "last-minute, irregular and unauthorized reinterpretation of a duly passed law." It's not likely Shumer will be as gentle lax about protecting the Senate's prerogatives and the citizenry's basic constitutional rights as were serial rubber stamper like Bill Frist, Mike DeWine, Conrad Burns, Rick Santorum, Jim Talent and other Republicans recently rejected by voters.


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At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a classic example of Bush grabbing for power that he doesn't need. If the President asks a judge for a warrant to open a letter or package, which he has the authority to do, there is no doubt that he would get it. This has been true across the board on all of the various criminal acts of this administration. Laws were already in place that would have allowed him to achieve all of his stated goals without violating the constitution. It's been clear for a while that Bush is up to more than his stated goals. The imagination runs wild with possibilities with Bush. Run hell, it practically gallops.

It's difficult at best to make a President stop doing something that he is intent on doing. That's always been the case. Even Congress is loathe to attempt to regulate the actions of the executive short of making his entire administration sweat under the heat of the spotlight that congress can put on them through oversight.

Should be quite a show.


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