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Spying on Citizens Ruled Unconstitutional – No, Really?

This week’s ACLU win over the NSA should not be a shock except that it is – a welcome one. U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has my vote as the first person to slap down the Bush administration’s NSA program. What I don’t get is how it takes so long to say “no no, that’s bad” to programs like this and how they get away with doing these things in the first place.

Here are the meaty quotes from the ruling — “The irreparable injury necessary to warrant injunctive relief is clear, as the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Plaintiffs are violated…” And [the program is] “… in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] and Title III …[and]… violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III.”

Read my comment on BlogHer about the ruling. Also see the judge’s opinion.

“Hit the road, Jack, and don’t ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more…” – Ray Charles


  1. >You’re right on! Bush is definitely taking too much leeway in forging ahead with ideas that oppose our Constitutional rights. Thanks for this blog!

  2. >My favorite quote from her ruling is:”….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 powers not created by the Constitution.”