Bush Scandals List

86. Opening US mail

Asserted right to open US mail made on December 20, 2006 in a signing statement to HR 6407 the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act:

The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the Act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection.

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