Saturday, August 19, 2006

The NSA Wiretapping Decision

I have read several articles analyzing Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's ruling on the NSA wiretapping case and have come to one inescapable conclusion......It was atrocious.

Reactions from the left as well as the right have been almost unanimous in their desparagment of the legal reasoning used in her holding. "Circular", "Emotional", "Rhetorical", "Superficial", "Zealous", "Reckless" and "Juvenile" have all been used to describe this abomination of jurisprudence. Regardless of how ones stands on the wiretapping issue one thing is certain, Taylor's ruling may well go down in history as one of the most ridiculous judicial justifications ever employed to reach a legal conclusion.

As many of you know I am staunchly in favor of allowing the goverment to protect us in this way. I believe the Presidents power in time of war is plenary when it comes to protecting the people of this country. Not only is it constitutional, it is right and correct. Considerate minds can disagree however, and there are legitimate arguments on either side of this issue. Taylor used none of them.

She is a shining example of what is truly wrong with our legal system. Activist idealouges who not only have a predetermined stand on a given issue, they don't even feel the need to use solid legal principals and precedent to justify them. Her ruling was a scolding edict issued by a dictator rather than a well thought out and justified judgement.

Despite what you might here from the press, this ruling will almost certainly be overturned if for nothing else out of sheer embarrassment. How it will ultimately be decided (likely by SCOTUS) is unclear. A bit of research tells us that Taylor is a Carter appointee who was given the job for "services rendered" in his presidential campaign. One thing is clear, If this decision is any indication of her mental gravitas, Anna Diggs Taylor is better suited as a paralegal than a Federal District Judge.

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