Thursday, September 30, 2004

Idiotic judicial ruling

What is going on in our courts?

"In a blow to the Justice Department's post-Sept. 11 powers, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on Wednesday struck down the provision that let the FBI gather phone and Web customer records but barred service providers from ever disclosing the search took place.

"The Justice Department will likely appeal a court ruling that declare unconstitutional a Patriot Act provision allowing secret and unchallengeable searches of Internet and telephone records, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday."

"While Marrero called national security of "paramount value" and said the government "must be empowered to respond promptly and effectively" to threats, he also called personal security equal in importance and "especially prized in our system of justice."

I don't think we need to make 'response' our priority. It is the obligation of government to protect and defend it's citizens, preemptively if neccesary.

Forgive me here, but since when do we have to give our adversaries a 'heads up?'

The right to privacy is not guaranteed by the Constitution.

No one likes or wants the Patriot Act.

Blaming the government for it, however, is missing the point. In no small measure, our pre Patriot Act freedoms were taken advantage of by adversaries looking to do us harm and succeeding.

Judge Marrero offers a fine bit of Judicial wisdom:

"Sometimes a right, once extinguished, may be gone for good."

Someone needs to remind the Right Honorable Justice Marrero, that once a life is extinguished, it is gone for good.

Read it all here.

Wandering Mind

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