Some Good News Again For A Change
For a change, we have two pieces of great news to report today:
1. Court says eavesdropping program can continue
Wed Oct 4, 2006 4:21 PM ET
Note: This applies to suspected foreign terrorists communicating with accomplices in the USA.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The government can continue to use its warrantless domestic wiretap program pending the Justice Department's appeal of a federal judge's ruling outlawing the program, an Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled on Wednesday.
The ruling overturned District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision last week to deny a lengthy stay in the case, which is expected to end up with the Supreme Court.
In August, Taylor ruled that the National Security Agency's five-year-old surveillance program, implemented as part of the government's war on terrorism, violates the civil rights of Americans.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in March.
2. Vetoing Electoral Chaos
By John J. Pitney,Jr.
Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed the bill joining California to an interstate compact to undermine the electoral college.
In his veto message, he said: ” I appreciate the intent of this measure to make California more relevant in the presidential campaign, but I cannot support doing it by giving all our electoral votes to the candidate that a majority of Californians did not support.” Political Mavens
Perhaps you did not know that there is a liberal group in this country that is trying to undermine the electoral college we have always used to elect our presidents. Since they are unable to get a constitutional amendment passed to make this change, they are trying to do it by getting each state to pass a law that all their electoral votes will be cast for whichever candidate received, nationwide, the highest popular vote – regardless of the voting results in their own state. What this would do, if widely adopted, is give all the power to a few large states – something our wise forefathers designed the electoral college to prevent.