NEW YORK – Declaring that personal security is as important as national security, a judge Wednesday blocked the government from conducting secret, unchallengeable searches of Internet and telephone records as part of its fight against terrorism.
The American Civil Liberties Union (news – web sites) called the ruling a “landmark victory” against the Justice Department (news – web sites)’s post-Sept. 11 law enforcement powers.
“Today’s ruling is a wholesale refutation of excessive government secrecy and unchecked executive power,” said ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero struck down a provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes the FBI (news – web sites) to force Internet service providers and phone companies to turn over certain customer records. The companies are then barred from ever disclosing the search took place.
Stupid activist judges….deciding which laws are consitutional. The people should decide!