Thursday, September 06, 2007

That Damned Bill Of Rights

Always causing trouble. AP (09.06.07):
"A federal judge struck down a key part of the USA Patriot Act on Thursday in a ruling that defended the need for judicial oversight of laws and bashed Congress for passing a law that makes possible 'far-reaching invasions of liberty.'

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero immediately stayed the effect of his ruling, allowing the government time to appeal. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said: "We are reviewing the decision and considering our options at this time.""

Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act

"The ACLU had challenged the law on behalf of an Internet service provider, complaining that the law allowed the FBI to demand records without the kind of court supervision required for other government searches. Under the law, investigators can issue so-called national security letters to entities like Internet service providers and phone companies and demand customers' phone and Internet records."

UPDATE: More on those nifty National Security Letters, via Firedoglake.



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