Thursday, August 17, 2006

Courts Rule For America, against Bush and NSA.

AP today reported that a federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the Bush Administration's illegal warrantless surveillance program indeed does violate the Constitution.

This is the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the National Security Agency. ACLU argued that the surveillance program violates American's rights to free speech and privacy.

The judge ordered an immediate halt to the wiretapping program. Way to go, Judge.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit is the first enlighted judge to preserve American's hard fought personal rights by striking down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

This does not mean that terrorists will evade surveillance. Rather, it means that Bush and NSA must simply follow the laws, and go through the FISA courts. This is the process that Congress put in place to prevent a president from assuming illegal powers. I'm convinced that it will not hinder the intelligence gathering capabilities of NSA in the least. All along, this has been about the limits of presidential powers, rather than an intelligence gathering enhancement.

Do not be deceived by lies that will be spewing predictably from George Bush's administration that this ruling is somehow a "victory" for terrorists. It's absolutely not. Nothing will change, other than Bush and NSA and the Republican congress must follow the law.

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