drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

got More Warrentless Searches???

One Of My HippieDippieFriends forwarded to me
On Monday, two groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information regarding warrantless mail surveillance, which was authorized by President Bush through a "signing statement" that went largely unnoticed in December.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for National Security Studies noted in a press release that the statement was "attached to a statute that expressly prohibits opening First Class mail without a warrant," and said that the president was claiming "unprecedented authority."

"No president has the authority to decide on his own what the law is," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU said in a press release sent to RAW STORY. "From Pentagon and FBI surveillance of peace activists to unchecked NSA wiretapping, the executive branch is trampling on the privacy and free speech rights of Americans. The public needs to know if the president is undermining the democratic process by abusing his power and violating the Constitution."

[ cf Groups seek records on warrantless mail surveillance that Bush authorized through 'signing statment' ]

Remember when only the Commie Red Hordes did that sort of stuff....
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