In Today’s Episode of “Those Activist Courts”!
The NSA eavesdropping program is unconstitutional? That’s unpossible!
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately.
In a 44-page memorandum and order, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, — who is based in Detroit, Michigan –struck down the National Security Agency’s program, which she said violates the rights to free speech and privacy.
Here’s the full ruling. My favorite quote:
The president of the United States … has undisputedly violated the Fourth in failing to procure judicial orders.
Oh, wait, this one is good, too:
Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution.
Yes, upholding the Constitution, which is a thing I believe this president may have heard of in his oath of office. Nice that he’ll be held to that. But no doubt, Bush being Bush, he’ll try to find yet another way to get around it. I do so yearn for a president who does not see the US Constitution as damage, to be routed around whenever possible. I’d like to think I’m not alone in this.