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.