Finally, the third branch of Government stands up and sticks it to the Executive Branch and its spooks:
From the New York Times:
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush.
In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers representing it in 2004. Declaring that the plaintiffs had been “subjected to unlawful surveillance,” the judge said the government was liable to pay them damages.
Therefore, the decision handed down in Al-Haramain v. Obama (formerly Al-Haramain v. Bush) from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is a total victory in the struggle to reclaim our rights stolen from the oppressive hands of Government. Once the USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) was signed and enacted by President Bush, the WAR ON TERROR turned on the American people and sought to dismantle the rights that had been protected since 1791.
The USA PATRIOT Act (315 pages) was passed without just debate or time frames and did its part to allow warrant-less wiretapping, snooping into bank records, telephone records, e-mail, library records and more. It scraps the 4th amendment and allows the Government to enter residences without warrants for the benefit of “National Security“. This is the same legislation that has allowed men to be held in prison indefinitely, companies and military service personnel to be spied on and the allowed assassination of American citizens abroad.
It is my belief that this court decision will bring attention to the many abuses of natural and positive rights that the Government has committed and that I, alongside thousands of others, cover in selected media.
Let the precedent of Al-Haramain v. Obama shadow over any further abuse that may be perpetuated against the American people.
Listen to ‘Liberty In Exile’ this Friday at 10am on CJLO to hear the latest review of Government abuses and the continued assault on our liberties that is set to usher in a new era of despotic corporatism. Let these issues be not only important to the freedom movement and all interested, but to all citizens that are yet alert to this growing problem.