From the New York Daily News (AKA The Paper That Is Not A Liberal Rag):
President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant, the Daily News has learned. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a “signing statement” that declared his right to open people’s mail under emergency conditions.
That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.
Could someone please tell me why signing statements, particularly when used in this way, are still legal?
And no. That’s not a rhetorical question. I really want to know. For under a simplistic reading of Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, this, and many others just like it over the last several years, would be a violation of the Faithful Execution clause and a moral violation of his oath of office.