Specifically, the parts that force internet providers to turn over records without being allowed to speak about it. Only downside I can see is he has delayed implementation for 90 days.
The issuing judge, Victor Marrero, has a reputation for fairness and listening to both sides, not as a partisan gunslinger. Good to see some sanity coming from our government for a change, and, as is usually the case when common sense prevails, it again comes from the judicial branch of government. This is a classic example of why I no longer rail against ‘activist judges’. And why I see attempts to remove judicial review from segments of our society as nothing more than baldfaced attempts to get away with something people know is unconstitutional.
I don’t need to say that the very concept of secret police actions goes against everything the Constitution was enacted to protect, but I’ll say it anyways! 🙂 Some of the key quotes from the Honorable Mr. Marrero’s opinion …
Important quotes from the Washington Post article …
Marrero wrote in his 106-page ruling that Patriot Act provisions related to NSLs are “the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering, with an ominous free pass to the hijacking of constitutional values.”
But Marrero wrote that “in light of the seriousness of the potential intrusion into the individual’s personal affairs and the significant possibility of a chilling effect on speech and association–particularly of expression that is critical of the government or its policies–a compelling need exists to ensure that the use of NSLs is subject to the safeguards of public accountability, checks and balances, and separation of powers that our Constitution prescribes.”
ooh, our government concerned about the civil liberties of it’s citizens… I must be sick, I feel dizzy, gotta sit down. 🙂
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