A federal judge has ruled parts of the Patriot Act unconstitutional! Specifically, she has thrown out the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that violate the probable cause portion of the Fourth Amendment.
Ben Franklin said it best:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
It’s nice to see some judges remember that. To quote a passage from the article, here’s how US District Judge Ann Aiken summed up the problem:
“For over 200 years, this Nation has adhered to the rule of law — with unparalleled success. A shift to a Nation based on extra-constitutional authority is prohibited, as well as ill-advised,” she wrote.
She said that by asking her to dismiss Mayfield’s lawsuit, the U.S. Attorney General’s office was “asking this court to, in essence, amend the Bill of Rights, by giving it an interpretation what would deprive it of any real meaning. This court declines to do so.”
Now let’s hope Congress is paying attention and stops passing reactionary laws.