A Judge's Patriotic Act
At least someone out there has a strong enough constitution to face down the government's spying.
"Patriot Act" and "war on terrorism" were merely agitprop catchphrases crafted by the Bush regime to bamboozle Americans in the wake of 9/11.
Federal judge Victor Marrero, on the other hand, writes words to keep living by. Just as he did in 2004, the New York judge issued a ruling yesterday that struck down key provisions of the ill-named Patriot Act, halting — at least temporarily — the regime's attempt to broaden its spying on Americans by using the "war on terrorism" pretext.
Your best chance of understanding Marrero's decision in the aptly named Doe v. Gonzales case is to read Dan Eggen's story in the Washington Post. Unlike the Los Angeles Times version, for instance, Eggen's account steers clear of agitprop phrases:
The L.A. Times story, on the other hand, blindly uses the familiar agitprop phrases — "war on terrorism" instead of the better, more accurate word "counterterrorism." And the story is written from the angle of a "setback" for the government:
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Oh, the poor government.
For a good account of Marrero's earlier decision, see my colleague Nat Hentoff's November 2004 account, "Cuffing Bush and the FBI."
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