Thursday, August 17, 2006

Federal Judge in Detroit Rules NSA Warrantless Searches Unconstitutional 

I haven't had a chance to read the opinion yet, but here's a bio of Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, 73 years old, and the first black woman to be appointed to a federal judgeship in Michigan. Excerpt:
In 1960 Taylor married United States Representative Charles Diggs, Jr., and she moved to Detroit.

After moving to Detroit, Taylor worked for a year as an assistant county prosecutor in Wayne County. In 1964 she spent the summer in Mississippi as part of the National Lawyers Guild civil rights program to provide legal services for civil rights activists, arriving on the day that three civil rights workers disappeared in Philadelphia, Mississippi.


After the birth of her daughter, she worked managing her husband's Detroit office until their divorce in 1971. From 1970 to 1975 she was a partner in the law firm Zwerdling, Mauer, Diggs, and Papp. In 1976 she married S. Martin Taylor. Taylor became active in politics, helping Coleman Young in his 1973 campaign and Jimmy Carter in his 1976 victory.

Taylor was appointed to the federal bench in 1979 by Jimmy Carter. Given her background, the ruling should come as no surprise. Judge Taylor is obviously one of those people who do not believe Islamofascism is an existential threat to our society, and that a state of war exists between the United States and Islamofascist non-state actors.

Just a guess, but it appears to me that the mindset among those folks is that war can only be waged between nation-states, and therefore non-state organizations like Hezbollah and al-Qaeda must necessarily be dealt with under criminal laws. That approach may work in the long run, but I don't think so, and even if it does, it will result in many more deaths of innocents than treating the struggle as a true war.

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