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You’ve Got Intercepted Mail!

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

The wording is ambiguous, but a presidential signing statement tacked on to a recent postal reform law asserts a vague executive power to read mail without a warrant in “exigent circumstances.” There’s a longstanding Fourth Amendment exception for certain sorts of cases like this—a package believed to contain a bomb that could go off any time, say—but it remains to be seen how the administration will decide to define “exigent.”

Tags: Privacy and Surveillance