Thank You, Judge Taylor!
"It was never the intent of the framers [of the US Constitution] to give the president such unfettered control, particularly when such actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights".
What does that mean? It means that if this perfectly sensible decision can survive a supreme court appeal (and that's a big if) the president of the United States and the Attorney General are guilty of impeachable offences. The White House spin on this one will no doubt be that this is just another victory for "Osama bin Ladin and the terrorists". Oh please! No one is denying them access to anything as long as they have the constitutionally mandated warrant! So what's the big freaking deal???
I'll tell you what "the big freaking deal" is....
Ask yourself this question: Why didn't they just go through the required motions to begin with? Of the almost twenty thousand warrants requested, they've only been denied four times. What made them take so obviously an illegal course to begin with? The answer, dear reader, is as clear as the rising sun: They didn't want anyone to know whose calls they were tapping. It might not come out for years, maybe even decades, but of this you can be sure: They were listening in on the Kerry campaign. What evidence do I have? None. Only a well educated guess; A hypothesis, if you will. This is the most criminal administration in the history of the republic - of course they monitored John Kerry and his key aids. Knowing the history of this president and the tidal wave of human shit that comprises his administration, what on earth would you expect? Remember, these are the same people who have engendered a war, the pretext of which was based on lies, that have directly led to the slaughter of at least a hundred thousand men, women and little children. I ask you: What's one more felony to these hideous bastards? Some day we'll know the truth. The day will come when they are held accountable - if not by us then by history. I'm as sure of that as I am my own name.
Again, from Judge Taylor's opinion: "There are not hereditary Kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution. So all 'inherent powers' must derive from that Constitution".
Now back to the "Big If". Which way will the supreme court go? It's the easiest bet I've ever made to say that the constitutional perverts, Antonin Scalia and Uncle Clarence Thomas will, once again, pervert the very constitution they're sworn to uphold. Scalia is without a doubt the worst jurist since Chief Justice, Roger B. Taney, the man who penned the infamous Dred Scott decision way back in 1857 (and whom I am a direct descendant of, I'm ashamed to say). And as for Thomas? Well, let's just say that Malcom X had a term for people like Clarence Thomas: "House Nigger". Whatever Massa wants, Massa gets. That says it perfectly.
As far as Samuel Alito is concerned, judging by his decisions to date, I'm not hopeful. But look on the bright side of it: It might very well have been Harriet Meyers sitting in his seat. Can you just imagine? Thank goodness for the fact that she was too incompetent even for the extreme right. It's refreshing to know that they at least have some standards - as disturbingly low as those standards may be. What does that say about Bush's judgement? That he could have even considered nominating someone so jaw droppingly mediocre speaks volumes about the man's intellectual foresight.
The two big questions, as far as Judge Taylor's ruling against illegal wiretapping are concerned, are Reagan appointee, Anthony M. Kennedy, and the First Fool's appointee, John Roberts. Predicting which way either one of them will vote is difficult, if not impossible. If both of them foolishly rule in favor of the Bush administration - and that is a very big possibility - you might as well kiss your constitution goodbye.
Pray for peace.