Score one for the Constitution


I’m experiementing with posting without quite knowing how to do this. Hope it works.

Here’s an article about the Patriot Act.

It is refreshing to see that one judge has the courage and the insight to see that this administration needs to be curbed.


9 Responses to “Score one for the Constitution”

  1. unicorntx Says:

    Well – it “sorta” worked.

  2. michaellasley Says:

    I cleaned it up a bit for you unicorn. Although I also added the middle sentence. Hope that didn’t ruin anything.

  3. unicorntx Says:

    Thanks. One of these days I’ll have Al tutor me!

  4. michaellasley Says:

    Has there been a ruling on the Patriot Act before? Just curious. The chances of this ruling holding up?

  5. unicorntx Says:

    In 2004, ruling on the initial version of the Patriot Act, the judge said the letters violate the U.S. Constitution because they amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. He found that the nondisclosure requirement — under which an Internet service provider, for instance, would not be allowed to tell customers that it was turning over their records to the government — violated free speech.

    After he ruled, Congress revised the Patriot Act in 2005, and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed that Marrero review the law’s constitutionality a second time.

  6. unicorntx Says:

    Let’s hope the climate has changed enough that Congress will not once again try to make illegal and unconstitutional stuff “legal”.

  7. urbino Says:

    Given the FISA vote immediately before the August recess, I see no reason whatsoever to think that’s the case, unfortunately.

  8. unicorntx Says:


  9. urbino Says:

    It’ll be interesting to see what the appellate courts do with this ruling, or if Congress will just update the law again to allow even more.

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