Thursday, August 17, 2006

No kidding, really?

From CNN we get the final answer...
(CNN) -- A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately.
And it took how many months to figure that one out? Felt rather obvious to me, you can't wiretap me unless you get permission and show just cause - even if I'm a terrorist. Oddly enough, our country believes they have rights too.

Benjamin Franklin summarized it well -
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Seems to me that our intelligence organizations have lost their cold war edge - time to refocus.

1 comment:

Al Toid said...

It's even better when you read some of the comments from the judge. My personal favorite is:

Quoting the late Chief Justice Earl Warren, Taylor wrote: "Implicit in the term 'national defense' is the notion of defending those values and ideas which set this nation apart ... It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of ... those liberties ... which make the defense of the nation worthwhile."

-- Quoted from Salon's War Room blog.

Talking Points Memo also had some good coverage on this with these excerpts.