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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Federal judge rules administration's warrantless spying is unconstitutional

Good news today:
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate end 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.

"Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution," Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion.
Of course, the administration will appeal the decision and ask for the ruling to be put on hold, but this decision is a victory for freedom regardless. The NSA spying program violates the principles on which the United States of America was founded and needs to be shut down. Now.

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