Thursday, September 06, 2007

Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act

>> NEW YORK - A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.<<

I’ve said from the begining that parts of the Patriot act violate the Fourth ammendment.

>> The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.<<

While we try to be constitutional originalists but we have to deal with things that did not exist in 1789.

Clearly the right to bear arms includes guns. When side arms are ray guns it will include ray guns. But it did not include the right to buy a house next to the Capital and keep personal cannon pointed at congress. Likewise the right to bear arms now should not include nuclear weapons.

Likewise, personal information that would have been stored as papers should now be protected like our our papers. That means electronic records. The court is right. The President is wrong on this particular issue.

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