Thursday, August 17, 2006

Federal judge orders a stop to NSA wiretapping program

Jimmy Carter's leagcy of idiocy bites us in the ass... again.

.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit said President George W. Bush exceeded his legal and constitutional authority in ordering the surveillance program that began after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ruling on a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups, Taylor said the surveillance program violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee against unreasonable searches as well as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

[...] "The office of the chief executive was itself created, with its powers, by the Constitution," wrote Taylor, a 73-year-old senior judge appointed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter. "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution. So all 'inherent powers' must derive from the Constitution."

Aaah... Jimmy. Thanks so much for another liberal judge willing to sacrifice the security of the nation for the ACLU. It's a comforting thought that we will allow terrorists in the US to call their terrorist buddies in Pakistan, Iran, or where ever and we won't listen to their call. It's not like the Brits used that sort of technology to track the terrorists that they arrested last week before they got on the planes and blew them up. Oh wait... yes they did. And it's not like we haven't already had the discussion that these wiretaps are 100% totally friggin' legal.

So thanks again Jimmy Carter. Once again you've done your best to make us more vulnerable.