TIME and the AP reported that a gutsy judge ruled that the Government & FBI screwed up badly when they arrested attorney Brandon Mayfield, a convert to Islam, on the basis of a mistakenly read fingerprint and tried to use it to link him to the Madrid bombing in Spain that Al Quaeda carried out.
The Patriot Act is an abomination of the highest order in my ordinary-person-on-the-street opinion. It is not constitutional and does nothing to preserve our rights, but strips them away in a very Fascist manner. Mayfield and his attorney prevailed on the basis that his 4th amendment rights were violated against unreasonable search and seizure.
(I seem to recall that when I joined the Air Force way back in '73, the oath I took included "...to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic... " I reckon doing away with our constitutional rights through "letters of intent" and crap like that is domestic enemy action.)
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After reading it, don't y'all just love that phrase about the FBI making "inaccurate and ambiguous statements" to get their warrant. Isn't that what us ordinary mortals call lying? And if we do it under oath, isn't that perjury? A criminal offence?