Thanks for letting us know about your effort to raise public awareness through your blog! Great that you're focusing on this issue of the President stretching the law to suit his own purposes. We've been in touch with some legal experts on Capitol Hill who tell us that though President Bush might easily have written something about how there are already laws in place to enable the opening of mail in an emergency -- but that would have to happen via a warrant (either before or after the opening of the mail). Bush is clearly stating that he doesn't see a warrant as a necessary tool.
BORDC is now creating a page on our website to deal specifically with the President's signing statements, including this latest one that asserts his authority to open our mail, and will definitely link to your blog on that page. Here's the link to our upcoming signing statements page: http://bordc.org/involved/signingstatements.php
Also, I work as the west region organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee from my home in Eugene, OR. So, I'm not too far down the road from you. There is an active Bill of Rights Defense Committee group in Tacoma, in fact. Mostly they are involved in work involving the detention facility, and asserting basic rights for those who are detained. They work with a coalition of groups to bring public attention to the escalating detention of individuals. If you're interested in learning more about the local work, please let me know and I'll put you in touch with Tim Smith, who's my contact up in Tacoma.
Thanks so much for letting us know about your blog! Let's stay in touch!
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Western Region Organizer
PO Box 51434
Eugene, OR 97405
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Message from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Here's a report we just received from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a group committed to defending what's left of the Constitution from the president and his lackeys in Congress: