finally...the rule of law returns to Washington DC

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According to ThinkProgress, Faux News has just reported that a federal district court has ruled Bush's warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional.

update (12:48pm):

ThinkProgress has posted a link to the injunction, which states:

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants, its agents, employees, representatives, and any other persons or entities in active concert or participation with Defendants, are permanently enjoined from directly or indirectly utilizing the Terrorist Surveillance Program (hereinafter "TSP") in any way, including, but not limited to, conducting warrantless wiretaps of telephone and internet communications, in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (hereinafter "FISA") and Title III;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECLARED that the TSP violates the Separation of Powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III;

update 2 (2:16pm):

The full opinion is here (128KB PDF), and it's interesting reading. Judge Anna Diggs Taylor pulls no punches, and repeatedly notes the illegal acts committed by this administration. Here is one example:

Defendants have violated the Constitutional rights of their citizens including the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and the Separation of Powers doctrine.

Regarding the Bushevik "unitary executive" theory, she writes:

We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution. So all "inherent powers" must derive from that Constitution.

Her concluding sentences are also worth savoring:

Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution.

This case is one of the reasons I joined the ACLU! They deserve support for bringing this suit forward, and for protecting the right of each and every citizen to be free from illegal intrusion.

update 3 (3:17pm):

John Amato quotes Russ Feingold:

Today's district court ruling is a strong rebuke of this administration's illegal wiretapping program. The President must return to the Constitution and follow the statutes passed by Congress. We all want our government to monitor suspected terrorists, but there is no reason for it to break the law to do so. The administration went too far with the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. Today's federal court decision is an important step toward checking the President's power grab.

and observes that Judge Taylor is due "to be assaulted by the right" for daring to point out the illegality of their program.

Revving up Faux News, the Moonie Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the rest of the GOP media machine: three, two, one...

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