Hitchens v. NSA

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Anonymous Liberal writes in "Hitchens v. NSA" about two separate lawsuits challenging Bush's domestic spying. He describes one of the complaints, which lists Christopher Hitchens as a plaintiff, his way:

The complaint, which names the National Security Agency as defendant, alleges that the warrantless spying conducted by the NSA since 2001 is illegal, that it exceeds the president's constitutional authority, and that it has infringed upon the plaintiffs' 1st and 4th Amendment rights under the Constitution. The complaint asks the court to declare the program unconstitutional--under the 1st & 4th amendment as well as separation of powers grounds--and to enjoin the NSA from utilizing the program.

Hitchens himself notes in “What Reason Do We Have to Trust the State to Know Best?" that:

We are, in essence, being asked to trust the state to know best. What reason do we have for such confidence? The agencies entrusted with our protection have repeatedly been shown, before and after the fall of 2001, to be conspicuous for their incompetence and venality.


The better the ostensible justification for an infringement upon domestic liberty, the more suspicious one ought to be of it. We are hardly likely to be told that the government would feel less encumbered if it could dispense with the Bill of Rights. But a power or a right, once relinquished to one administration for one reason, will unfailingly be exploited by successor administrations, for quite other reasons. It is therefore of the first importance that we demarcate, clearly and immediately, the areas in which our government may or may not treat us as potential enemies.

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