Thursday, September 6, 2007

That darn constitution

Well, blow me down! A federal judge in New York has ruled that part of the recently revised USA Patriot Act violates the First Amendment and the constitutional separation of powers. Can you believe it? After months and months and months of copouts instead of decisions by the courts on the Bush administration's assault on civil liberties, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero has said "stop." The revised law permitted the FBI to use secret national security letters to force communications companies to reveal customer records, and to bar the companies from telling anyone that they had done so. Saying the government's position raised the "ominous" specter of the "hijacking of constitutional values," Judge Marrero declared portions of the act unconstitutional. The case, filed by an internet service provider whose name has not been revealed, actually is the third time federal judges blocked portions of the Patriot Act, the second time for Marrero. The American Civil Liberties Union represented the Internet company. The government, of course, is expected to appeal.


Anonymous said...

Ah, it's only one judge and one case. The courts have consistently abrogated their duty to keep balance between the three branches of government by restricting the power of the executive branch

joe said...

It gives me hope to see that someone out there is actually defending the Constitution. I read that some of the judge's comments expressed disappointment in Congress for letting violations of the Constitution get through.