<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Only PART of it is unconstitutional?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Only PART of it is unconstitutional?

"A federal judge this week handed the Bush administration a defeat when he ruled part of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the Department of Justice, asking that part of the act be thrown out because it authorizes the FBI to compel financial institutions to divulge sensitive information about clients. The ACLU argued that because the provision did not require the FBI to present a compelling need for the information requested and did not require the FBI to inform individuals how they could contest the disclosure, the law did not include adequate safeguards for sensitive information. The judge in the case agreed and said that the part in question 'effectively bars or substantially deters any judicial challenge.'" --Wired News, 29 September 2004

Well, at least it's a start...



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