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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Bush Signs Bill to Open Mail

From President Bush signed a statement last month that allows the government to open mail in certain cases of urgent national importance. Critics say that this grants law enforcement the authority to open mail without a court-issued warrant. The Bush administration says the president's statement simply clarifies powers that the government already has. Listen. . . [Mark Godsey]

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I can’t believe a law professor would conflate a signing statement with a bill.

There are real civil liberties issues out there, and this is a distraction. In fact, the way people have been glomming on to this statement indicates that this is a deliberate attempt to 1) convince the “base” that people found a “way around” the constitution (popular in some circles); and 2) district people from actual litigation.

Oh, and even the signing statement was ambiguous.

Posted by: S.cotus | Jan 7, 2007 1:52:10 PM

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