Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The price of illegal wiretapping

It looks as if there will be a price to be paid for the Bush Administration's illegal domestic wiretapping: criminal convictions - or rather, the prevention of them. According to the New York Times, defence attorneys in several high-profile terrorism cases are planning to challenge evidence on the basis that it was ultimately derived from illegal wiretaps. This could result in evidence being excluded as "fruit from a poisoned tree", cases being thrown out, and possibly even convictions being overturned. In other words, thanks to President Bush's egregious violation of US law and the constitution, suspected terrorists could walk free.

Thankyou letters can be sent to:

President George W Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Just continuation of a theme.

Remember, it's the Italian ANTI-TERRORISM prosecutors who are most upset over the US extraordinary rendition: the US utterly wrecked their investigations and made prosecutions very difficult.

Once the Bush Admin started stepping outside the judicial system it made it very difficult for itself to use that system. Which is Bad: because that's when a govt becomes tempted to start doing More Bad Things.

The current US policy is unworkable: they are approaching a turning point where their war on terror must either start following the rule of law more, or where they will find they need to throw the rulebook away even more and more and more.

Posted by Icehawk : 12/29/2005 11:29:00 AM

I think that turning point will really come when someone lets off a nuke in a major city. Either that or a million letter weaponized smallpox mailout.

Posted by Genius : 12/29/2005 07:41:00 PM