Terrorist Spying Program to Continue

5 10 2006

Filed under: TSP, NSA, Judge Taylor, 6th Circuit

‘Bout time.

The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave little explanation for the decision. In the three-paragraph ruling, judges said that they balanced the likelihood an appeal would succeed, the potential damage to both sides and the public interest.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit ruled Aug. 17 that the program was unconstitutional because it violates the rights to free speech and privacy and the separation of powers in the Constitution.

The Justice Department had urged the appeals court to allow it to keep the program in place while it argues its appeal, claiming that the nation faced “potential irreparable harm.” The appeal is likely to take months.

Read the order here.

Jay Stephenson wonders how long it will take the ACLU to release a statement.

They may not have to worry. If it goes to the Supreme, it could go either way. I’m afraid Allah is right on this one.

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