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Thursday, January 04, 2007

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shannon

Holy Crap, what's next? Oh wait, there's nothing else. They already look at our email and listen to our phone conversations. Is it just me or is this starting to look more and more like 1984?

Tom

So the boy king wants to open the mail without a warrant? That's o.k., We've got the Congress back. If he wants to break the law and open the mail, we'll just open a can of whipass. Luckily, we keep our subpoenas numbered for just sch an occasion.

fish

To shamelessly steal from my own post on this topic:

-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (China) US Dept. of State, March 4, 2002

The People's Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the paramount source of power. At the national and regional levels, Party members hold almost all top Government, police, and military positions.
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f. Arbitrary Interference With Privacy, Family, Home, Correspondence

The Constitution states that the "freedom and privacy of correspondence of citizens are protected by law." Despite legal protections, authorities often do not respect the privacy of citizens in practice. Although the law requires warrants before law enforcement officials can search premises, this provision frequently has been ignored; moreover, the Public Security Bureau and the Procuratorate can issue search warrants on their own authority. Authorities monitor telephone conversations, facsimile transmissions, e-mail, and Internet communications. Authorities also open and censor domestic and international mail. The security services routinely monitor and enter the residences and offices of persons dealing with foreigners to gain access to computers, telephones, and fax machines. Government security organs monitor and sometimes restrict contact between foreigners and citizens. All major hotels have a sizable internal security presence.

DT

I think Dubya just plain likes to open mail. Just loves it. Can't get enough of it. The way my son used to be fascinated by the automatic garage door opener. Of course he was 3 at the time.

Or perhaps Dubya's just hopeful that the more mail he opens, the better his chances of finding "one o' them magic things where's I get 12 record-albums for only a penny."

So that could be what's going on here. Small simple people with little tiny unused minds - like 3-year-olds or our current president - are often fascinated by the simplest of pleasures. Like banging pots together. Or opening automatic garage doors. Or watching things that "spin." Or shredding the Constitution.

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