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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tribune prints letter regarding warrantless mail searches

Can you believe it? Tribune prints letter from me, a union guy, about something my union did to stop this mad President and his police-state goons. I'm actually pretty shocked.

Here's the link, and the text of the letter:

"On May 20, the Washington State Association of Letter Carriers passed a resolution calling for Congress to oppose warrantless searches of U.S. mail in postal custody.

This resolution was in response to the president attaching a signing statement to a postal reform bill in which he declared that first-class mail could be opened in “exigent circumstances.”

Constitutional scholars have looked at this issue and determined that no such wiggle room exists for the president. Therefore, his adding this phrase to the law is not constitutional and could lead to federal agents or their subordinates engaging in this practice.

Letter carriers have historically been viewed as the most trustworthy public officials in the federal government, because we make sure people get their mail without anyone else reading it or otherwise violating their privacy.

We all want terrorists to be stopped from attacking Americans, but doing it without a court order is unnecessary. It’s really quite easy to get a warrant to look through a terrorist’s mail. It’s much harder to get a warrant to search someone who isn’t a threat to the United States.

As letter carriers, we believe that it should remain difficult to search someone who hasn’t done anything wrong.

Isn’t it about time the president heard from his own employees about what the Constitution is all about? If his own close aides don’t have the courage to explain it to him, we letter carriers are happy to oblige."


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1 Comments:

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. This is great. But I wish the same newspaper would report the mis-haps of the Tacoma City Council. Namely, censorship from members of the public addressing the council, need to spend $1M on overtime for over zealous cops going after u tube UPS students at the Port of Tacoma, then having the nerve to ask the US Army to pay. Need more? How about the fact that the city defended the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Case of Frunz. vs. City of Tacoma, where the justice noted that the city should send a letter of apology to its citizens and loss a punitive damage case!!! The same newspaper did not report the fact that one councilwoman's spouse was a TPD defendent in this case (Spouse #2) warrants a review.
The same person who doesn't want to pay property taxes on her home.

The entire newspaper is tainted. I am waiting for some major news to be reported versus the FOX version of Tacoma news.

 

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