Can You Hear Me Now?
In this case, the President has acted, undisputedly, as FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] forbids. FISA is the expressed statutory policy of our Congress. The presidential power, therefore, was exercised at its lowest ebb and cannot be sustained.
--from Federal District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's ruling issued today declaring the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program unconstitutional and ordering an immediate halt to it. In a similar recent case, a federal court in San Francisco bought the administration's "state secrets" argument that the program was too sensitive to even be examined by the court, and dismissed the case. Judge Taylor, a federal district court judge in Detriot, was unmoved by such arguments.
Interestingly-- or perhaps that should be Depressingly-- the cable news channels seem much more interested in the JonBenet Ramsey case.