That's Pre 7/4 Thinking
Via Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog
I found Larry Stevens on The Lyceum
on dealing with the constant references to pre and post 9/11 thinking.
Larry thinks we should respond by pointing out that much of what the Busheviki are selling is pre-7/4 thinking, 7/4 referencing the Fourth of July, 1776.
For a taste of pre-7/4 thinking Mary at Pacific Views
has an interesting article, When the Ends Justify the Means
, in which we learn that Judge Richard Posner
of Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the University of Chicago Law School thinks that as long as warrantless wiretaps produce good results, there's no reason to bother about their legality.
Apparently Judge Posner would have no problem with dropping a nuclear bomb on Chicago as long as it was to reduce the crime rate. Any innocent people that die would just be called collateral damage and forgotten about in the celebration of the end of crime in the city that no longer existed. Anything you do is fine as long as you have a good excuse.
The courts let the Shrubbery get away with kidnapping people by calling them "enemy combatants", and now he's spying on us all. And this is different than what King George was doing in what significant way?
I was in law enforcement. I obtained warrants and arrested people by providing a court with probable cause. It is not a barrier, most of the time it's hardly a bump in the road. If you can't come up with the minimal amount of evidence required for probable cause, you are probably on the wrong track. Based on the stories of the FBI chasing down worthless leads I would say that the program is wasting resources, not providing security.
For those who have forgotten, even with all of his resources, King George lost to the "terrorists".