Saturday, July 07, 2007

Julia Gibbons would rather protect Bush than the rights of Americans.

As you may have noticed, US 6th Circuit Judge Julia Gibbons of Memphis was one of two judges appointed by presidents named Bush that voted against the ACLU's challenge of the FISA program, which allows the Bush Administration to spy on you if they believe it's in the interest of national security.

The Carpetbagger points out the ridiculous nature of this ruling:

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars, and lawyers who argued the program made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They have international contacts they speak with regularly by phone, and these contacts are likely targets of Bush’s NSA program.

To the two Republican-appointed judges on the 6th Circuit, it apparently didn’t matter.

Looking at the big picture, today’s ruling is a setback, not only for the specific litigants, but to getting any kind of answers. Is the surveillance program legal? The court didn’t say. Were the plaintiffs’ calls monitored? The court didn’t say.

Who does have standing to challenge the legality of the program? Not only did the court not say, but it leads to a deeper problem.

To hear the 6th Circuit tell it, you can’t file suit unless you know you’ve been subject to the surveillance. And how do you know if you’ve been spied on? You’d have to get that information from the Bush administration, which keeps all of that information secret.

So how is it even possible for anyone to challenge the legality of the program?
Indeed. I have never had any reason to question Ms. Gibbons' performance as a jurist before now; maybe I haven't been looking closely enough at her writings. THAT needs to change.


1 comment:

TN420 said...

Just another incompetent Right-Wing tramp that will have to be impeached after the '08 elections.

John Roberts has already violated his promise to the Senate to "not be ideological", so with any luck, a Dem president along with a clear Dem majority in Congress should lead to many impeachments of Bush appointees.

Unless the DLC gains the white house. Then it's just more of the same.