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Judge: Terror Wiretaps Unconstitutional


Anna Diggs Taylor, 73, became the first black woman to be appointed as a federal district judge in Michigan. Before that, she was a lawyer and "civil-rights worker."

Judge rebukes wiretap program

Federal judge orders end to wiretap program

Says warrantless domestic surveillance program is unconstitutional

DETROIT – A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

“Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution,” Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs.

The government argued that the program is well within the president’s authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.

The ACLU said the state-secrets argument was irrelevant because the Bush administration already had publicly revealed enough information about the program for Taylor to rule.

Just in case there was still any doubt as to how much the ACLU hates this country and is on the side of its enemies everywhere. And how out of control our courts have become.

By the way, there is some interesting history about Judge Taylor’s former husband, Charles C. Diggs from the African American Registry:

Charles Diggs Jr., congressman from Detroit

Diggs was the key player in organizing the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). However early in 1978, he faced charges of diverting $60,000 in office operating funds to pay his personal expenses. Though convicted of the charges he still won re-election that year.

Diggs appealed his conviction, was eventually censured by the House, and stripped of his committee memberships; he resigned his seat in 1980 after twenty-five years in Congress. He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released after serving seven months. Afterwards, Diggs opened a funeral home in Maryland and was indirectly involved in politics…

It would appear that Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has a similar respect for the law.

(Thanks to EnglishQueen for the heads up, and Paisley Cow for the Diggs background.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 17th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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