spook of the ozarks

unapologetic liberal

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Stop it

Good judge:

DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati covers Michigan. Sitting on the appeals court are six W appointees, four of whom were nominated in 2001 or 2002 and had to be renominated after the 2002 elections, when the GOP gained its Senate majority. In other words, the NSA can probably find one who will stay Taylor's order pending appeal.


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