Finally a judge with at least some sense and the guts to act on it.  This is important because when law enforcement and / or governments are allowed to take action without warrants and / or some kind of oversight, we find our rights going down the toilet really fast.

Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act

NEW YORK (AP) – 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.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act “offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.”

What I don’t get is why it’s taken over seven years for something like this to happen.  This isn’t just something specific to the latest revision of the patriot act, it’s been part of the problem from the second that the Homeland Security act passed and more so when the Patriot Act passed.  It’s done nothing but get bigger since then and it’s past time that the checks and balances kicked in to stop some of this um… stuff.

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