President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program is illegal and ordered the National Security Agency to shut it down, issuing a sweeping rebuke of the once-secret domestic-surveillance effort the White House authorized following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.The ACLU opined thus:
Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, hailed the ruling as a victory for the ``rule of law."I won't go back into the details. The judgement was a joke and Judge Taylor should have recused herself as trustee of an organization funding the ACLU Michigan, one of the plaintiffs. 'Rule of law', gadzooks! Bush was right both in policy and in law. The NYT that betrayed the secret, the ACLU, yea the whole vast left-wing conspiracy - they were wrong; usefully, idiotically wrong. Now in The Age of Obama, very quietly so far, it turns out that:
``Today's ruling is a landmark victory against the abuse of power that has become the hallmark of the Bush administration," Romero said. ``Government spying on innocent Americans without any kind of warrant and without congressional approval runs counter to the very foundations of our democracy."
The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.This isn't quite equivalent to endorsing Bush's policy, but it comports with it and with Obama's correct support of immunity for telecoms which cooperate with the governnment in tapping suspicious calls from overseas. Here comes the rant. I confidently predict that as the Obama cult comes under pressure, it will invoke national security to restrict privacy, freedom of speech and parental rights. There'll be scarce a squeak from the ACLU and pragmatically supportive op-eds from the MSM which will be sucking on the state tit of government job ads and social engineering notices. Repression, damn, that's what Liberal Fascists do. You faux civil libertarians are dupes. Foamy the Squirrel couldn't find invective insulting enough for your dupidity, but he'd try:
In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as his predecessor.