Nice to see at least one branch of government still functions as it should (sometimes), since the other two clearly suck.
The government argued that the program is well within the president's authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.
Wow, that's a convenient defense. Worse, though that the judge didn't just laugh at this argument but instead reasond that "the Bush administration already had publicly revealed enough information about the program for [her] to rule." So, if they had just kept their secret better, they'd be allowed to continue doing whatever the fuck they want? No wonder they hate the New York Times.
I was getting a little worried that I hadn't heard the term "activist judge" enough lately. This should get that back out there.
Of course no one will care very much about this ruling since some guy was arrested in a 10 year old murder case.
Well, whatever, I'm sure this will mean we'll stop catching all those terrorists we've been catching lately. whether it's those guys with no plane tickets who were going to blow up planes, or those guys who bought too many cell phones at once with only the lousy excuse that they could sell them for a profit of $18 each, or that woman who had notes from Al Qaeda* and some vaseline or something (or not). But that's ok with me, since I feel a lot safer now that people can't bring hair gel on planes.
* Do you want to be a terrorist? If so, check this box □. Sincerely, Osama.