Why is Kos Overreacting?

26 07 2006

Because a judge dismissed an ACLU lawsuit that would forbid AT & T from handing over phone records to the NSA.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to bar AT&T from giving the government telephone records without warrants, saying it would require disclosures that would “adversely affect our national security.”

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly said disclosing whether AT&T had given such records to the supersecret National Security Agency in its hunt for terrorists would violate the government’s right to keep state secrets.

Thank you, Judge Kennelly, for seeing the goal of justice.

“The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T to confirm or deny whether
it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government’s intelligence activities,” the 40-page opinion said.

Kennelly ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of author Studs Terkel and others who claimed their rights
had been violated by disclosure of the phone records to NSA.

I wish we could invoke a “George Patton law” that would allow us to insert pathetic people like Mr. Terkel directly on the front line of the war. Give him a few slaps with a leather glove and send him out there. I bet he would change his merry-lawsuit-tune.

John Stephenson found out the ACLU is freaking out.

But look at the KOS Kidz (over)react:

Democracy just died ladies and gentleman. Your judicial branch just refused to provide any oversight and deferred to the executive branch. In its place facism
has risen. ATT is now more powerful than the judicial branch of the government, under the protection of the executive branch.

No democracy died when prayer was allowed to be banned by a rogue judge who couldn’t stand the thought of Ms. O’Hare being offended. And it died again when Roe v. Wade permitted abortion, which is, ironically, not in the federal Constitution. But national security. Now there’s a minor issue to go wacko over, Kos.

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