Friday, August 18, 2006

Dare We Believe?

Maybe it's just a moment of sanity amidst the swirling madness and paranoia of the Bush Administration. Maybe it's the beginning of the end. I am not speaking about the Armageddon that so many seem to believe is imminent; and doing their damned best to bring about. I am speaking about the ruling by U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor that found the administration's warrantless surveillance program to not only be illegal, but unconstitutional on not one, but two grounds!

A standing ovation please, for Judge Anna Diggs Taylor

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Judge Diggs Taylor found that the program violated the first amendment right to free speech, the fourth amendment right of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, and that it violated the FISA court laws. Though the administration is vowing to appeal the case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, this is nevertheless a defeat for the lawlessness and emerging facism of the Bush White House.

Judge Diggs Taylor wrote in her 43 page opinion, "It was never the intent of the framers to give the president such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights," she wrote. "The three separate branches of government were developed as a check and balance for one another."

Eloquent and true. It's about damn time.

Now let's hope that the 6th circuit and the Supreme Court, should the 6th circuit uphold the ruling, see it the same way.

Perhaps Democracy in America is not dead just yet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't hate all Republicans. Just the living ones.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

LOL... what a great line!

I posted this news as well; it's great news, but she is a liberal judge. The Supreme Court is a tougher test, though there is a good possibility that they won't hear the case and will instead let Congress handle this. Either way, this spying on all America to catch a few has got to stop!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Hey John (and others)...

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League ID#: 475457
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6:07 PM  

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