Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps

AP – “The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, turned down an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union to let it pursue a lawsuit against the program that began shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”

Oy! (via)

At least we still have the Appeals Courts, FWIW.

One Response to “Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps”

  1. EricTheRed
    February 20, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    Steve –
    Sorry, but I salute the Court’s decision. Of the paltry few actual privacy violations related to the Patriot Act, etc., they have gone to court and been dealt with accordingly. But the Patriot Act, terrorist surveillance is working remarkably well: Many terrorists thwarted and not a single attack on American soil since 9/11.

    Besides, war-making decisions (which includes surveillance) is the president’s realm (whether it’s a president you support or not). Unaccountable judges have no constitutional right to override presidential war-making powers. But that’s what the ACLU has been trying to do through the courts.

    I understand your sensitivity to the civil rights aspect of this issue. I think there’s a line between protecting civil rights and keeping national security. I believe while all Americans will never agree as to exactly where that line is, that shouldn’t preclude us from trying to establish one to begin with. Especially when our lives and the lives of our children depend on it.

    There’s a right-wing perspective for ya.
    -ETR

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