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Question of the Week by Russ Feingold

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This week's Question of the Week comes from Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, who asks through a letter to the President of the United States what the hell he's thinking reading American people's mail.

In a letter that was posted yesterday by Raw Story, Feingold ends his letter with the Question of the week:

You have already confirmed that you have authorized the NSA to conduct surveillance of communications without obtaining the court orders required by FISA. Your December 20, 2006, signing statement now suggests that you believe you have the authority to violate the law with regard to opening regular mail. The American people and Congress are entitled to know whether you have acted on that theory. Please answer the following question: has your administration authorized any government agency to read Americans’ first-class mail without obtaining a search warrant, complying with the applicable court order requirements of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or satisfying Postal Service regulations? I look forward to your expeditious reply.


Russell D. Feingold

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