Thursday, August 17, 2006

Another Anti-Terror Tool Gone

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Thanks to our good buddies at the ACLU, our anti-terror tools have been weakened:

DETROIT - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.

"Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution," Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves secretly listening to conversations between people in the U.S. and people in other countries.

One can only hope that SCOTUS is smarter than these idiots. To paraphrase Bush, the terrorists have to succeed once, the government has to succeed every time. The ACLU has increased the chances of us being unsuccessful at the potential cost of American lives.

I hope they can live with themselves.


Ace points out that the judge is a Carter appointee. That figures. Goldstein weighs in as does AJ Strata.

The lefties are ecstatic (note that it is described as a victory against Bush regardless of the fact that it is a victory for those who wish to attack us. These people actually think they can be trusted with national security) that one judge has put America in great jeopardy.

The libs are all quoting that great legal mind Glenn Greenwald. It shows how morally bankrupt they are that this guys opinion is worth anything after the last few weeks.

Update 2: Debbie Schlussel finds that this judge has a past.

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