Friday, August 18, 2006

"...values and ideas which set this Nation apart..."

Judge Anna Diggs Taylor closed her opinion striking down George Bush's illegal domestic surveillance program with this wonderful quotation from Chief Justice Earl Warren:

Implicit in the term ‘national defense’ is the notion of defending those values and ideas which set this Nation apart. . . . It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of . . . those liberties . . . which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.
- Justice Earl Warren, U.S. v. Robel, 389 U.S. 258 (1967)

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