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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Take That, Judge Taylor-Diggs

I wasn't happy when this judge handed down her decision. Neither were the kids, and both have done an excellent job in defending the NSA surveillance program's legality. Today, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down their preliminary ruling. The program continues while they continue to review details of the case:

The Bush administration can continue its warrantless surveillance program while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The president has said the program is needed in the war on terrorism; opponents argue it oversteps constitutional boundaries on free speech, privacy and executive powers.

The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave little explanation for the decision. In the three-paragraph ruling, judges said that they balanced the likelihood an appeal would succeed, the potential damage to both sides and the public interest.

The Bush administration applauded the decision.

"We are pleased to see that it will be allowed to continue while the Court of Appeals examines the trial court's decision, with which we strongly disagree," Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement.

And I also disagreed with Judge Diggs-Taylor's decision. In rendering her deicision she completely ignored the precedent in hand that grants the president a level of leeway when it comes to surveillance. As a president conducting a war with the nation his powers are virtually limitless. But while liberals continue to hype how much of a "dictator" the president is, there's no evidence to support the boast.

This program is quite constitutional, and is a boon for the nation. It's kept us protected from further attacks, it's helped our allies abroad and to the north prevent attacks, and it's been used to capture other al-Qaida terrorists around the world. In conjunction with the SWIFT program, it's made this nation a thorn in al-Qaida's side. And because of those facts this program should have been allowed to continue in the first place. The short time it's been down is enough of a window that could come back to bite us later. Hopefully, nothing will happen to us because of its suspension.

The Sixth Circuit Court called this one right, and I'm sure that after they finish their review, they'll agree that there's nothing wrong with this program, and it will continue to run.

Sabrina McKinney


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