The ACLU has won a lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. AÃ‚Â judge called it unconstitutional.
How come the only time it seems that many judges are concerned deeply with the letter of the Constitution is when it’s something that could helpÃ‚Â anti-Americans kill us?
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves secretly listening to conversations between people in the U.S. and people in other countries.
Whether or not the warrantless programÃ‚Â had the potential to beÃ‚Â a grosslyÃ‚Â unconstitutional invasion of privacy rights aside, if it was helping catch terrorists, I’d hate to think that we could be in greater danger simply because of “journalists, scholars and lawyers.”
Here’s a quick quiz: If we’re attacked again, who will be the first people to climb atop the smoldering ruins, weeping and claiming that Bush didn’t do enough to protect us?
A) You and me.
B) Journalists, scholars, lawyers, and the ACLU.
So, here’s the long and short of this country. If a man is on, say, a CaliforniaÃ‚Â beach in a fairly private spot and is suspected of being on the phone with terrorists overseas, the FBI agents in the parking lot can not tap into his call because that’s an invasion of privacy.
If the man is chatting on the phone in the same placeÃ‚Â while smoking, then he’s going down and will be prosecuted to the extent of the law.
Hopefully a lot of terrorists smoke cigarettes.
Immediate danger toÃ‚Â public health that must be stopped atÃ‚Â any cost even in their own homes
Guaranteed the right to privacy