As if we needed any further indication that the feckless, sociopathic war criminal in our White House is not the least bit interested in protecting us, but wholly consumed with controlling us, now comes word that George W. Bush thinks he has legitimately granted himself the authority to read our private mail at his whim.
I challenge anyone on this planet to show me exactly where the words "Unitary Executive Branch" appear in the United States Constitution, and exactly which clause of this document allows the president to ignore laws passed by Congress as he sees fit with a simple signing statement. There is, quite simply, no such clause and therefore no such presidential authority to arbitrarily sidestep the law. Consequently, there is not a single of the hundreds of Bush signing statements that holds any greater value than the paper it is printed on.
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 specifically states that First Class Mail cannot be opened without a warrant. But with the signing statement he attached to it, Mr. Bush claims the authority to do exactly that, in "exigent circumstances" (in case of emergency). Sounds like a good argument on its face, and Bush's army of far-right, boot-licking media parrots will no doubt make it.
But what they won't tell you is that in 1996, postal regulations were changed to permit the single exception of opening of First Class Mail without a warrant in cases where the Postal Inspector believes there is a credible threat, such as a bomb or other hazardous material in the package. They'll no doubt also neglect to tell you that this single exception remains in place with the new law.
So White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore was actually correct when she said this week
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