August 17, 2006
Back in December it came to light that the federal government was spying on Americans without the use of legal warrants. It's not that warrants were unavailable, the government just chose to ignore existing (and even rather lenient!) procedures, and ignored the law. Surprisingly, almost a third of Americans professed to be okay with that.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."— Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
Today, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit has ruled that the federal government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and has ordered that it cease immediately.
Of course, the federal government defended its actions quite vigorously, which I find to be reprehensible in its own right: if those who we elect to serve us are so certain that ignoring the law is okay, then are not we, too, entitled to disregard the law? Is their bad example not morally dispicable, as it undermines all we, as a nation, should stand and strive for? Is this disparity not one of the hallmarks of an oppressive and corrupt regime, in fact, where the leaders are above the law but the people, punished for all of their transgressions?
I don't know about the rest of The People, but I'd like to see a bunch of high ranking people going to federal prison over that one! But who am I kidding? It's not an isolated case. The "President" himself would prefer America to be a dictatorship. <sigh>
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