19 November, 2002

Bizarro World

Apparently, today I woke up on Bizarro world!

A secretive appeals court yesterday cleared the way for the Justice Department to use broad new authority to conduct wiretaps and other surveillance of terrorism and spying suspects in the United States, overturning a lower court that had blocked Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's efforts out of fear the new powers would be abused.

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The decision represents a clear legal triumph for Ashcroft, who has aggressively attempted to implement new procedures governing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) wiretaps and search warrants, which are never revealed to suspects and are approved by a special court that meets in secret at Justice Department headquarters.

I can't be the only person who sees a problem with this. I mean, secret courts? What the fuck is this?! The Gestapo? The Inquisition?

"We think the procedures and government showings required under FISA, if they do not meet the minimum Fourth Amendment warrant standards, certainly come close," the three-judge panel wrote in the ruling, parts of which were classified. "We therefore believe firmly . . . that FISA as amended is constitutional because the surveillances it authorizes are reasonable

...certainly come close?! What do you mean, close? This is the law of the land and the constitution of our fucking country you're traipsing all over. There's no room for CLOSE.

Would someone like to write up a eulogy for the constitution and the bill of rights? I think I saw a priest giving them their last rites.

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, we can expect more of the same for at least the next 2 years, and it will probably take a decade to restore. I think it's time to return to encrypting everything I communicate to people, just to annoy the f*ck out of the government. Nowhere do I see their "inalienable right" to snoop in my business.

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