Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tap Tap Tap No No No

A federal judge ruled today that the government's warrantless wiretaps are illegal and must end immediately. An AP story quoted ACLU executive director Anthony Romero saying "At its core, today's ruling addresses the abuse of presidential power and reaffirms the system of checks and balances that's necessary to our democracy."

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor said the practice violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

The Bush Administration is expected to appeal the ruling, but for the time being, it looks like another nail in the coffin of the extremist, borrow and spend, big government gang.


Oilfieldguy said...

I guess the defense of "The program is legal, but I can't tell you why since it is top secret," Did not fly. I have never understood that defense. What more information does one need to have? They have admitted to eavesdropping on Americans in America without a warrant in violation of the constitution and FISA. It seems crystal clear to me that this administration has seized the power to violate the law, and the Rubber Stamp Republican congress has altered their responsibilities from oversight to overlook. Good on this judge.

Freedomreign said...

Throughout the history of the GW administration the words freedom and democracy have been thrown around a little too loosely in adquately describing the concept of democracy that we aptly promote around the world. It seems a tad ironic to me that the Republicans set their aims on establishing democracy abroad while simultaneously oppressing the written and spoken words of American citizens at home. Without the freedom to use words and pursue information and the comfort that the individual experiences knowing that their words and inquiries will not be utilized against them for the purposes of prosecution, one cannot consider themselves to be a free citizen. Much of the great wars and conflicts of our nation's history have been against individual nation-states that have routinely oppressed individual freedoms of self-expression. As the victor of many of these battles, our nation must bear the responsibility of maintaining the ambitions of the founders of our nation to allow the free flow of independent thought. For this reason, the first amendment must be upheld and wire tapping must be abolished.