Patriot Act Gets Clipped
Court order needed for ISP records
by Karl Bode 04:55PM Thursday Sep 06 2007 Tipped by whocares0
A federal judge struck down
portions of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, ruling that investigators must have court approval before ordering ISPs to turn over customer records without informing the user.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."
The Judge added that the law "reflects an attempt by Congress and the executive to infringe upon the judiciary’s designated role under the Constitution."
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I don't understand why people are so willing to give up their right to privacy. Every power the government has must have a check. It's true, the government does have the power to invade your privacy as long as there is a reason to do so, and all Americans are OK with that. However, the power must go checked, and following the warrant process is the way to check that power.
The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility, and out of self interest -- for himself, his family, and the future of his country -- to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state.
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Re: big deal
said by footballdude:S I take it you support dictatorship then. You would ave been the peefect 1930's German citizen. Accept what the governmnet does to your rights in the name of "protecting" you, which it really doesn't. If anything the thing we need to be protected from the most is the Bush administration.
A low level judge hand picked by the ACLU to deliver a prearranged judgement. Happens all the time, gets overturned all the time. Didn't the Supreme Court rule a couple of years ago there was nothing wrong with this law?