Monday, January 25, 2010

Warrantless Wiretapping: Legal if You Tap Everyone

A federal judge dismissed a complaint against the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program.

"The court has determined that neither group of plaintiffs/purported class representatives has alleged an injury that is sufficiently particular to those plaintiffs or to a distinct group to which those plaintiffs belong; rather, the harm alleged is a generalized grievance shared in substantially equal measure by all or a large class of citizens," wrote the Judge

So basically, warrantless wiretapping is illegal when done to one person, but when done to everyone in America it suddenly becomes legal. I guess this judge is unfamiliar with the 4th Amendment, maybe I will send him a copy.

Not only is this unconstitutional program allowed to continue, but this dismissal sets a horrible precedent. It says that an unconstitutional act of government is OK if it is done to enough people. Strange, I must have missed that Constitutional clause.

[Register via Jazzdog]

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