August 17, 2006

Bush's unconstitutional domestic spying busted by federal judge

A federal judge in Detroit ordered a halt to the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, ruling for the first time that the controversial effort ordered by President Bush was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor wrote in a strongly-worded 43-page opinion that the NSA wiretapping program violates privacy and free-speech rights and the constitutional separation of powers between the three branches of government. She also found that it violates a 1978 law set up to oversee clandestine surveillance.
Maybe there's hope. Thank goodness it wasn't a Federalist Society judge or you could throw another piece of the constitution and bill of rights in the trash.

1 Comments:

At 8/17/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger Huck Finn said...

Glad to see that the Judiciary is participating, since that seems to be required these days.

Since I'm "intellectually lazy", I'll simply read the WaPo and NYT articles on the subject.

Maybe in my free time I'll read the Judge's opinion.

 

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