Entry for August 19, 2006

“The Puppetmaster, another  cartoon c. DHonig, which appeared on his blog  December 30, 2005.

The ACLU won a decision against the Bush Administration August 17 when U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor entered a 44-page memorandum and order in Detroit  striking  down the NSA program as violating  the rights to free speech and privacy.

In a news release, Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU commented,

Today’s ruling is a landmark victory against the abuse of power that has become the hallmark of the Bush administration.  “Government spying on innocent Americans without any kind of warrant and without Congressional approval runs counter to the very foundations of our democracy. Now Congress needs to do its job and stop the president from violating the law.

Meanwhile, “Majority of the Majority” House Speaker Dennis Hastert is appealing for bipartisanship in his own news release.

America cannot stop terrorists while wearing blinders. We stop terrorists by watching them, following them, listening in on their plans, and then arresting them before they can strike. Our terrorist surveillance programs are critical to fighting the War on Terror and saved the day by foiling the London terror plot.

We cannot lose sight of the fact that America needs this information to protect itself. If the courts of final review rule that these procedures don’t work, we will find a way that does. We hope that the Democrats will join us in an effort to make sure America continues these vital terrorist surveillance programs.

I’m not buying it, especially after the latest martial law shenanigan regarding tying a minimum wage increase to huge decreases in the estate tax and a ban on state efforts to raise compensation to the minium wage excluding tips.  Could it be that whatHastert  really wants is to continue the painting of Democrats as “soft on terror” in his efforts to staunch Republican  losses in November?

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For a good overview of the decision and reactions to it, I just found this August 17 article at CNN.com: “NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional: Administration appeals; attorney general says ‘program is lawful'”

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