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The Act of a True Patriot

No more National Security Letters!&nbsp; W00t!&nbsp; Federal court judge Victor Marrero struck down portions of the Patriot Act that were clearly unconstitutional.<br><br>National Security Letters were used by the FBI to get customer information from internet ISPs and telephone companies without a warrant.&nbsp;&nbsp; Anybody served with one of these notices was also given a “gag order”, meaning they could not talk to anybody about the order, including their own attorney.<br><br><a href=”http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070906-patriot-act-provision-struck-down-by-federal-court.html&#8221; target=”_self”>From the article</a>:<br>Although Marrero recognizes the importance of preserving national security, he asserts in his decision that “The Constitution was designed so that the dangers of any given moment would never suffice as justification for discarding fundamental individual liberties or circumscribing the judiciary’s unique role under our governmental system in protecting those liberties and upholding the rule of law.”<br><br>So eloquent; and so true.&nbsp; We are at war with an abstract noun (terror), how many other abstract nouns (liberty, justice, truth) are we willing to give up to win?&nbsp; We (most) all recognize that there is a problem with militant Islamo-fascism.&nbsp; We recognize that privacy rights may need to be redefined.&nbsp; But there are those that would violate our highest law to do this, and that is wrong.&nbsp; <br><br>The fact is, a Constitutional Amendment would be required to make current intelligence tactics legal; the current tactics are illegal even though they are supported by Congressional law and kept away from the Judicial Branch through “state secrets privilege”.<br><br>The concept of a law being illegal is clearly defined in the US, by the Constitution and the Balance of Powers it contains.&nbsp; This reminds me of the Israeli military concept of an “<a href=”http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views02/0506-04.htm&#8221; target=”_self”>illegal command</a>” I read about in “Unspeakable Acts”, related to the “<a href=”http://www.wrmea.com/backissues/0789/8907039a.html&#8221; target=”_self”>The Night of the Broken Clubs</a><a href=”http://www.observer.com/node/42715&#8243; target=”_self”></a>”. (link leads to original account).<br><br>In military court, those who passed on the orders to break the arms and legs of innocent civilians were punished, as it was found that the orders clearly violated the basic morality of Jewish culture.<br><br>The thing is, this all started when Yitzhak Rabin said “We should break their arms and legs”.&nbsp;&nbsp; This statement was taken literally, and the orders were carried out, but Rabin &amp; Co. were never punished.&nbsp; In fact, this is the same Rabin who later won the Noble Peace Prize.<br><span style=”font-family: times new roman; font-size: 16px;”></span>


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