Wow. This looks like a win for those of us who think the Constitution matters.
Judge orders halt to NSA wiretap program
Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:45pm ET173
DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday ordered the Bush administration to halt the National Security Agency’s program of domestic eavesdropping, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Anna Diggs Taylor said the controversial practice of warrantless wiretapping known as the “Terrorist Surveillance Program” violated free speech rights, protections against unreasonable searches and the constitutional check on the power of the presidency. (Reuters story and slightly more animated report from the Free Speech Coalition.)
I just reviewed a list of current Supreme Court justices, and since I don’t see Judge Taylor’s name included there I can only surmise that this war isn’t over yet. But it’s nice to win the occasional skirmish.
As I’ve noted before, if we trash our own liberties in the quest for “security,” then the terrorists have already won. Worse, if we’re suckered into doing so by a fear-mongering government that’s bent only on expanding the power of the ruling cabal, we’re too stupid to deserve democracy.
Let freedom ring, I always say…