George W. Bush: Rummaging through the mail

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Jan 05, 2007 George W. Bush: Rummaging through the mail


George W. Bush (or is that J. Edgar Hoover?) (from Library of Congress)

No sooner do I write about governmental intrusions on privacy (here and here) than I learn that George W. Bush recently issued a signing statement asserting the right of the government to search mail without warrants in "exigent circumstances."

Leaving the Bush administration to decide such exigent circumstances is like leaving a chocolate addict in charge of guarding a chocolate warehouse. Neither can be trusted with the task. This is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. 

This is another example of George Bush’s disrespect for the Fourth Amendment.

Jon Katz.

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