Saturday, January 07, 2006

Get A Warrant

Here is a commentary that should be getting more attention and response than it is....

From The Future Uncertain :

It is not enough for the President to ask us to trust that he is doing the right thing, and thus to accept it. Nor is it even enough to assert that officials in his administration or even Congress have reviewed and cleared it. (The latter assertion is probably debatable.) Because we have known for centuries that a pillar of free societies is that the executive must ultimately be answerable to the judiciary. Even if the President is behaving honorably (and we should not expect his domestic opponents to accept that on his say-so), some, maybe most presidents will not.
The most troubling thing about the warrantless searches is that the act of getting a warrant is by all accounts not particularly difficult. Procedures for judicial authorization of interception of communications inside the U.S. were set up in the late 1970s after the aforementioned hearings. And the special panel of federal judges set up to authorize such warrants apparently does not set the bar very high, approving almost all requests that come before it. Undoubtedly many supporters imagine a nightmare world in which judicial dithering prevents the prevention of some imminent WMD attack on the U.S. But it is conjured fear such as this that is the greatest threat to freedom.

Amen, brother.

Read the full article here.


Blogger Vache Folle said...

They've been watching too many TV cop shows where it is hard to get a warrant. In real life, even with the flimsiest evidence and nothing but bald assertions, warrants are issued almost as a matter of course. You have to have less than nothing to fail to get a warrant.

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