Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A Fishing Expedition?

I've been thinking about this lawsuit that the ACLU and other groups are filing, in order to bring a halt to the NSA wiretap program. The fact that they're trying to end this program is clear-- they've basically come out and said it. This lawsuit does have plaintiffs, but it seems that the entire thrust of the case is based on potential abuses. Rather, they're suing because they might have been spied on, or could be spied on. This doesn't seem to wash that well with me, and this case seems doomed for failure.

There are legit arguments for the halting of this program, and I'm not just talking about Gore's speech. However, can a person sue the government based on potential abuses? I suspect these broad matters are better left to Congress.

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