A return to normality

Here is a bit of what Charles Krauthammer wrote on July 7, “Emergency Over, Saith the Court”, he was writing about the decision of the US Supreme Court’s decision on military tribunals for Gitmo detainees.
But, of course, the war on terrorism is different. The enemy is shadowy, scattered and therefore more likely to survive and keep the war going for years.

What the Supreme Court essentially did in Hamdan was to say to the president: Time's up. We gave you the customary half-decade of emergency powers, but that's as far as we go. From now on the emergency is over, at least judicially, and you're going to have to operate by peacetime rules.

All rise: The Supreme Court has decreed a return to normality.

Logic has little place here. The court has decreed: There is no war -- or we will pretend so -- and henceforth it shall be conducted by the court. God save the United States. (This honorable court can fend for itself.)
Well, the other day we saw the Europeans were thinking [only under the fear of being blown to their senses] “..rights of the individual must and will be balanced against the collective rights of security and protection of life and limb..”

But it seems the courts are still not getting the message. Never mind that ‘bonehead’ in the White House actually has the balls to do something about Islamic fascists, we can’t allow him to have an advantage over the fascists. Get with the program you ‘boneheads’, taking sides is soo last century.
A federal judge in Detroit ruled today that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and must be stopped immediately.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor held that the wiretapping program violated the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution, which protect free speech and prohibit unlawful searches. She also held that the surveillance program, run by the National Security Agency, violates the federal Administrative Procedures Act and the Separation of Powers doctrine.

Taylor, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, became the first federal judge to rule that the surveillance program violated constitutional rights. She held two hearings on the issue this summer.

She said today that if the program was allowed to continue it clearly would irreparably harm the rights of the plaintiffs, which included the ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greenpeace and several individuals. "The public interest is clear," Taylor wrote.
Well, who would have thought, shock-horror, treachery from Greenpeace and CAIR, but I’m sure they’d insist they are patriotic. I wonder how many Americans would be happy to allow some terrorist scum to plot in freedom, just so the rights of Greenpeace, the ACLU and CAIR are upheld.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when the eco-terrorists [you can add ACLU & CAIR to that] are happy, your heading down the crapper, when they squeal and whine, you know your heading in the right direction.
She also quoted a 2004 opinion by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, which rejected the Bush administration's claim that the war on terror gives him, as commander in chief, the unchecked power to imprison "enemy combatants."

O'Connor wrote: "It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our nation's commitment to due process is most severely tested; and it is in those times that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad."
Yeah, sleep well America, rest assured if some scumbag slipped through the cracks and blew you to smithereens, you can join the queue outside the courts to present your case. Don’t be surprised if your case gets adjourned though, as the defendants may be busy with their virgins.

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