Thursday, July 20, 2006

Excellent batch of news today

  • The judge hearing an EFF case challenging the legality of AT&T's involvement in the NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal has refused to dismiss the lawsuit as requested by the Bush administration on the grounds of state secrets, a hitherto recently rarely used - and now abused - strong-arm tactic along the same lines as signing statements and assertions of inherent presidential "constitutional authority". The lawsuit specifically targets AT&T as being complicit in the proclaimed lawbreaking, and the administration was hoping to intervene to dismiss the case.

    The Supreme Court's Hamdan decision likely had a major impact on this court's willingness to challenge the powerful Bush administration and those who genuflect to it. I can write more to summarize Hamdan from the variety of sources I've read if my reader(s) are interested.
  • The majority of Americans do not want us to get involved in the current turmoil in the Middle East, and feel that Bush has not handled the situation well. American sentiment is really our only chance to prevent Bush from starting another illegal war, or from engaging a legal but horribly botched and incompetent war (since they seem incapable of competent execution on things like Iraq, Katrina, No Child Left Behind, Social Security, balancing our budget, Medicare/Medicaid, etcetera).

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