07 July 2007

ACLU gets bitch slapped

The ACLU and its cronies were collectively bitch slapped by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati by saying that their lawsuit against the FISA wiretap surveillance was not valid because none of the parties in the lawsuit were targets of this FISA courts.

Yesterday's action in the 6th Circuit means that the principal remaining legal challenge to the NSA surveillance program is a group of cases pending before a U.S. District Court judge and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in California.

The primary issue before that appeals court, differing somewhat from that in the Michigan case, is whether the administration may claim that a privilege covering state secrets precludes the litigation.

The eavesdropping program -- first revealed by news accounts in late 2005 and the subject of intense political wrangling since then -- is one aspect of a broad assertion of presidential power by Bush in the past six years to justify policies meant to deter terrorism here and abroad.

It's a shallow victory though .... it's a shame that it even had to come to this. Organizations like the ACLU shouldn't be involved in influencing National Security policy.

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