By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Friday, September 7th, 2007, 3:18 am
The Patriot Act is unconstitutional? Yeah, we could’ve filed that revelation under the “no shit” category years ago. Amongst many other abuses, the Patriot Act has expanded the FBI’s ability to get information on the customers of internet service providers with the help of national security letters. Yesterday, a federal judge barred the FBI from issuing these letters, ruling that parts of the Patriot Act are unconstitutional. US District Judge Victor Marrero, sitting in New York, said that part of the act was “the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering.”Over the past few years, the judiciary has been the only protection our civil liberties have had as wave after wave of Democratic capitulation has allowed the US to turn into a fascist police state. Marrero remarked, “In light of the seriousness of the potential intrusion into the individual’s personal affairs and the significant possibility of a chilling effect on speech and association — particularly of expression that is critical of the government or its policies — a compelling need exists to ensure that the use of NSLs is subject to the safeguards of public accountability, checks and balances, and separation of powers that our Constitution prescribes.”
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