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“Warrantless” Was the Clue

To why they were illegal.  It seems, to a simple guy like me, that without a warrant they would be by definition illegal.  That is if our constitution means anything at all.

Federal Judge Rules Bush Program Illegally Wiretapped Americans

In a repudiation of the Bush administration’s now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance” by the National Security Agency.

I don’t expect Bush to be frog marched away, but I do hope this opens the door to a lot of litigation against him.  There needs to be some accountability for the massive abuses of his presidency.  Sadly,  holding Bush accountable was not on this new president’s agenda at all. 

Nonetheless, Al-Haramain lawyer Jon Eisenberg said the ruling had larger implications.

“By virtue of finding what the Bush administration did to our clients was illegal, he found that the Terrorist Surveillance Program was unlawful,” Eisenberg said.

Yeah, it’s that whole fourth amendment thingy.  Unreasonable searches and seizures and all of that.  “Warrantless” being a key word in “Warrantless Wiretapping.”  Unfortunately this administration did what it could to try to get this suit dropped.  The old “National Security” free pass blanket was invoked.

The ruling came after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the lawsuit threatened to expose ongoing intelligence work and must be thrown out.

The logic of that argument completely escapes me.  We broke the law and investigating that crime and then punishing it would expose our nation to risk by terrorists?  And the great JuJu of the mountain will also be displeased?  Well, alrighty then.

In June, Judge Walker tossed out more than three dozen lawsuits against the nation’s telecommunications companies for allegedly taking part in the program.

Laws took a holiday.  In the madness of post 9/11 our rights, our constitution and the very thing our nation stands for, freedom, were put on hold.  Nothing to see here.  Move along folks.

So….a small victory for justice, but a victory nonetheless.

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