Skip to comments.RUSH LIMBAUGH LIVE THREAD FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2006
Posted on 08/18/2006 8:47:18 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
A couple of articles why the NSA ruling by the Carter Appointee is so much garbage.
By Mark Levin
Are there no limits to which activist judges wont go to advance their political and policy agendas? Answer: No. I wrote an entire book about it. And U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, appointed in the twilight of the Carter administration, is the latest in a long list of disgraceful lawyers who abuse their power.
There are four things that strike me most about Taylors opinion. First, she grants standing to such plaintiffs as the ACLU, CAIR, Greenpeace, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Christopher Hitchens, and others, without a shred of information showing any connection between the plaintiffs assertions of constitutional violations and any harm to them. However, Taylor reveals herself in this excerpt from her ruling:
[T]he court need not speculate upon the kind of activity the Plaintiffs want to engage in they want to engage in conversations with individuals abroad without fear that their First Amendment rights are being infringed upon. Therefore, this court concludes that Plaintiffs have satisfied the requirement of alleging actual or threatened injury as a result of Defendants conduct
Taylor writes later:
Although this court is persuaded that Plaintiffs have alleged sufficient injury to establish standing, it is important to note that if the court were to deny standing based on the unsubstantiated minor distinctions drawn by Defendants, the Presidents action in warrantless wiretapping, in contravention of FISA, Title III, and the First and Fourth Amendments, would be immunized from judicial scrutiny.
In other words, if Taylor had ruled properly and found that the Plaintiffs had no standing to bring their lawsuit, she would have denied herself the ability to strike down the NSA intercept program by throwing out the lawsuit.
Second, Taylor fails to address adequately that which has been debated here and elsewhere for months, i.e., the presidents inherent constitutional powers as commander-in-chief, and the long line of court cases (and historical evidence) related to it.
Third, in many places, the opinion reads like a political screed.
Fourth, Taylor insists on the immediate implementation of her decision, meaning that the NSA must stop intercepting enemy communications at this very moment, unless it succeeds in getting judicial relief elsewhere.
The ACLU et al have won the day, as they often do these days when they take their agenda to our courts. Forum shopping works. The judiciary does not.
The opinion is here. (H/T: Andy McCarthy)
UPDATE: This from the Justice Department: "The parties have also agreed to a stay of the injunction until the District Court can hear the Department's motion for a stay pending appeal."
UPDATE II: Just to be clear, Taylor ruled that the president/NSA violated the FISA, Title III, the First and Fourth Amendments, and the Separation of Powers doctrine.
Hilary/Obama in 08 and I triple dog dare you sexist bigots to criticize anything they say or do!!!! /s
No french toast?
Some more Carter leftovers just like Iran, which Jimmy created and founded.
The good part: this judge will not stand.
The bad part: Jimmy's Iran creation is hellfire bent on destruction.
Morning Johnnie....this ruling highlights how insane the liberals in our judicial system have become.
This issue can only help conservatives this fall.
I especially loved the timing of the ruling!!
No, I don't care for it. But the waffles were excellent--crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. With real maple syrup, of course. None of that Log Cabin or Aunt Jemima stuff for me!
Happy Rush Friday!
I couldn't come up with that ticket in my nightmares... thanks(:
Lord have mercy - Rush is starting out in full rant mode! This is goona be great!
President's War On Terror! Oh I'm getting mad again and it is 10 minutes into the show. STUPID STUPID.
STOP THE TAPE!
"Struck down President Bush's Domestic Eaves Dropping Program"
Yes! Go Rush! Slap those reporterettes down.
Exposing these talking points is some of the best things that Rush does!!
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