Judge Marrero: Patriot Act “Offends” Constitutional Principles

It’s nice to have someone on the bench backing up what many of us have been saying.  Earlier today, US Disctrict Judge Victor Marrero struck down parts of the US Patriot Act, claiming it “offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.”

Weighing in on a challenge from the ACLU, Marrero specifically struck down a portion of the Act that would allow the FBI to seek information from Internet Service Providers without first seeking the approval of a judge.

One could call it a victory, if this were the end of the line, but I hardly doubt that this decision will go uncontested, the worst case scenario seeing the decision placed in the hands of the Supreme Court, and I’m sure you can guess its fate from there.

Further, how naive must you believe that such a decision will actually put a stop to the Administration’s desire to move forward with this program?  Personally, especially given the fact that the President has used legal ninjas in the past in a wide array of issues from warrantless wiretapping to the torture of unlawful enemy combatants, I find it more than likely that there are as we speak attorneys in the bowels of the President’s secret layer attempting to find a way around the ruling.

Not that I’m cynical or anything.

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