Thursday, August 17, 2006


Posted by codemorse

From CNN:

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government's domestic eavesdropping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately.

The Justice Department said it would appeal the ruling, saying the program was "a critical tool that ensures we have in place an early warning system to detect and prevent a terrorist attack."

....The defendants "are permanently enjoined from directly or indirectly utilizing the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) in any way, including, but not limited to, conducting warrantless wiretaps of telephone and Internet communications, in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Title III," she wrote.

She further declared that the program "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."

She went on to say that "the president of the United States ... has undisputedly violated the Fourth in failing to procure judicial orders."

And from Oliver Willis, we have "Free Republic"'s reaction to this news:

Oh, boo. No one gives a damn about a random judge's opinion on which country should win the WoT.
Closest big city to Dearborn, where the ACLU has been working closely with the Muslim population.
Why Detroit? Perhaps, because it's also known as Detroitistan.
Arab capital of the USA?

And my personal favorite:



I understand and appreciate the concern of people at sites like Free Republic. Most of them are like you and me, and are frankly just frightened of being blowed up. But reading through the comments on FR and other supposedly-conservative sites is like a lesson in hate. Not "Bush Hate," which continues to be the stupidest complaint I've heard in just-about-forever, but violent, racist hate of a boiling degree.

Hating Muslims is the new Hating Jews. We're not supposed to hate Jews or blacks or women any more, but thanks to the radical extremists, it's open season on Islam!

Hate an Arab today! Justify the mangling of the Constitution so that the thought of being destroyed by a terrorist (which is less than the chance of being killed in an elevator accident) trumps all concern about the liberties of your neighbors!


At 8:58 PM, Blogger Wesley said...

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At 9:02 PM, Blogger Wesley said...

Of course many neo conservatives use the whole "we just hate the bad Muslims" arguementis is it just me or does this smack of the "he's a good nigger" type of remarks I sadly heard a lot of growing up in the South? Also how can they claim they don't hate Muslims when they routinely call Islam a "disgusting, sadistic religon for idiots" doesn't really sound like a tolerant idividual to me.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, that discrepancy is arguably the heart of the issue here.

How can we liberate a country we actively despise? How can we bring functional democracy to a culture when that movement's strongest supporters simultaneously hate the culture they're helping?

At 9:27 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'm asking, not because I think it can't be done, but because I think no one is really asking these sorts of questions, and they seem sort of important to me.


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