A Victory for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law
Wow! We may actually still have an independent judiciary. The “unitary Executive” may actually have to bow before the checks and balances the Framers built into our system. I could live to see our empire become, instead, a democratic republic again.
As the American Civil Liberties Union reports here, a federal judge has struck down the NSA warrantless domestic spying program as unconstitutional! Today, in ACLU v. NSA, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Diggs Taylor ruled that the warrantless spying program of the NSA violated the rights to privacy protected by the 1st & 4th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and noted that this specific action was illegal under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) passed by Congress in the wake of Watergate and similar scandals. In her ruling, Judge Taylor noted:
We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no power not created by the Constitution.
Absolutely right, Judge Taylor! But, after the GOP party bosses got to him, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), initially a strong opponent of this illegal program, is trying to lead Congress to rubber stamp it retroactively. We citizens have to do our part to reclaim our freedoms and refuse to live in fear. Tell Congress to stop this rubber stamp and stand up for the rights of the people, by taking action here. Then tell others. Blog it, email it, and write letters to your local editor. Call Congress and let them know: They work for you and and you demand that they not give into tyranny in the name of fighting terrorism. We can be safe and free as a people: But only if we the people insist on it. Do so today.
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