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U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken Rules Parts of Patriot Act Unconstitutional

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Patriot Act, FISA, Oregon, Federal Judge Ann Aiken )

- 4289 days ago -
She ruled that FISA as amended by the Patriot Act "now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the 4th Amendment."


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RC d (418)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 4:52 pm
Another victory for the people!

Denice G (45)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 4:57 pm
Noted. Great news. Perhaps it's a start of better things to come. I hope. Thanks Cate, I love good news

serge v (278)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 5:13 pm
Go Judge Aiken!, allright! That great news form my Hometown. Now if we could get rid of the whole "Patriot Act"we would be really jammin. Thx for the post Cate!

O O O (143)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 5:15 pm
Good news-but only 1st step,next-not to be destroyed by the "supremees',who point in fact,are not thatunder law,but have taken that powere to themselves also. This is good news also just for current state of law,but does nothing to change a possable growing possablity of milatary law being declared,& if such is declared,how does one return to "normal"? Still very "Interesting Times".

Tsandi C (95)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 5:26 pm
You go, Girl!

Lisa S (79)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 6:09 pm
YAY Ann Aiken! A giant first step for the people! Now if only someone can stop that insane cretin in the White House from declaring martial law...

Noted with hope and glee! Thanks, Cate!

Edwin P (178)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 6:34 pm
YES! May Judge Aiken be richly blessed.

Jennie B (14)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 7:08 pm
DUH! It's about time-at least JUSTICE llis waking up in this country-now if the remainder of the people who seem dazed and confused will just follow and wake up, too, we can be well rid of Bushco and onward with a much better focus on the positive of what this country is supposed to be about -our Constitution back in one piece. No pre-emptive WARS and no deficit if we can EVER pay off this by now 600 TRILLION dollar deficit....notice how you NEVER hear about the deficit? Good reason, they hope you will forget it along with Afghanistan, the fact that BenLaden is free wheeling his way around the Middle East, and that NO ONE out side a small minority who will lose with our absence, will miss us-they are glad we will be GONE. Staying to make Bushco one more penny is disgusting and as anti-American as he is...noted.

Shoshana B (138)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 7:26 pm
This is awesome!!! It's an important first step! Thanks, Cate!

Gail L (30)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 7:31 pm
This is great.

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 7:32 pm
Great to hear good news for a change. Noted. Thanks Cate.

Dave K (308)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 8:45 pm
"For over 200 years, this Nation has adhered to the rule of law -- with unparalleled success. A shift to a Nation based on extra-constitutional authority is prohibited, as well as ill-advised," she wrote.
By asking her to dismiss Mayfield's lawsuit, the judge said, the U.S. attorney general's office was "asking this court to, in essence, amend the Bill of Rights, by giving it an interpretation that would deprive it of any real meaning. This court declines to do so."

-- It's up to the courts to protect us from Bushco -- Congress has no stomach for it.
Which means eventually, and finally, it's up to the Supremes.

Linda H (199)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 8:49 pm
This is great! A Judge that is for the people for a change! Happy Dance! Thanks Cate!

Yvonne W (229)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 10:10 pm
Dennis Kucinich READ the Patriot Act and voted Against it! If you wish ALL politicians did their Jobs, vote Kucinich!:)
Dennis in '08 - Kucinich is the true voice of the people!:
Kucinich has done this:
(1) co-sponsoring with Rep. John Conyers HR 676, a universal health plan;
(2) voting AGAINST the Patriot Act;
(3) voting AGAINST invading Iraq;
(4) promising to withdraw from the World Trade Organization and NAFTA, (4) standing opposed to weapons in space;
(5) voting against a flag-burning amendment;,
(6) advocating a 12-point plan to get our troops safely out of Iraq;
(7) voting to cut off funds for prosecuting the Iraq war;
(8) urging the signing of the Kyoto Protocols to cut down on pollution;
(9) advocating education for all, from kindergarten through college;
(10) urging the creation of a Department of Peace,
(11) ending the phony “war on drugs”;
(12) urging renewal of the environment;
(13) sponsoring HR 333 to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney; and
(14) abolishing the death penalty.
All of these positions favor the people over the wealthy and well-connected.


Martin K (80)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 10:34 pm
While I certainly agree with Judge Ann Aiken, and her (forthright Constitutional protection) position I am sadened that was but a spark to purge the judicial system. For example Prof's. of Constitutional Law, going to the president to tell him how to get around this and that. Or President from Columbia University doing a hail mary for the Zionist's at Columbia ( who wanted Bush to hit Iran before Iraq) by insulting him. Time to cut Israel off from arms, especially cluster and more missles, oh yes and the new fly it from home pilotless aircraft, heavily armed of course. Yes our new Air Force, fought from control panels by kids being prepared by video games. WAR a humanless face.

Marian E (152)
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 10:41 pm
Welcome news indeed. Thank you Cate!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:50 am
Noted! Too bad she isn't on SCOTUS. We sure could use a break there.

Patrick Cardwell (24)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 5:36 am
It is just a shame that this administration and the CONGRESS allowed the Patriot Act in the first place. This increase of power in the Executive branch upsets the checks and balances established by the Constitution. We The People have allow this to continue. We are allowed by our Constitution to petition the government on unfair practices such as these. Until such time as we get our members of the House and Senate out of Bush's back pocket, we are going to be subject to this type of treatment.

If you study history, you will see that the Bill of Rights were developed because of what our founding fathers went through during their lives. One was search and seizure, along with muting of the press. There are reasons this Bill of Rights was placed in the Constitution and if we do nothing but blog our discontent, then nothing ... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ... will change.

Get involved ... call your Congress. Write letters .... email anyone who will listen. The change will come from us, not from within those hallowed halls.

Carolyn T (234)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:02 am
Noted. I am going to celebrate this because it is a "foot in the door" and will keep working that opening until we get all the way in to the rotten core. A woman judge had the, ahhh, gumption to apply the law. Thanks to her there is a small breath of fresh air in the room.

Stephen H (203)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:19 am
Finally we have a federal judge who is not in Bush's pocket. Great ruling. The government can appeal if they want to but I doubt any court of appeals will overrule her decision. At least I hope not.

This corrupt fascist government is not going to stop until they get exactly what they want. World Domination and control over foreign oil.

Mary H (47)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 12:11 pm
One step at a time! Ty Cate for the good news

. (0)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 12:16 pm
This is good new's for a change thank you Cate.

Bobbie W (113)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 1:35 pm
Awesome news.

Daniel B (35)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 5:25 pm
This action is great - we need people to speak up. As a Constitutionalist I support freedom to make money, not Fascism. I oppose the PATIOT Act, warrantless wiretaps, passports required for law-abiding citizens to travel to neighboring countries, the list goes on and on.


Past Member (0)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 10:55 pm
It's about time someone with a little common sense starts putting the the government back it's place. NO ONE has the the authority to take away from the basic entitlements of the constitution.

John Blalock (48)
Friday September 28, 2007, 4:11 am
What we need are more people like Ann Aiken who are not afraid of Bush & his thug.

Merry L (74)
Sunday October 21, 2007, 12:27 pm
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