As you may know, Sandra Day O'Connor recently retired as a Supreme Court Justice. Even more recently, at a Georgetown University speech she warned that the US was in danger of "edging towards dictatorship". What a kook.
In other news, a a judge recently ruled against two men in a secret ruling that even their defense lawyers were not allowed to read. This just goes to show that O'Connor is nuttier than a fruitcake.
The FBI no longer needs subpoenas to gather information on you. A field supervisor merely writes up a "National Security Letter" and agents use that to demand information about you from universities, libraries, ISPs, and so on. Of course, those who receive the National Security Letters are forbidden from ever mentioning it. The FBI is cranking out an estimated 30,000 letters per year and there is no judicial review of them. Just a field supervisor writing up whatever his or her agents want.
That O'Connor: what a kidder, eh?
In other news, Republican Senator from Kansas, Sam Brownback, wants to run for President. Here's his vision:
In his dream America, the one he believes both the Bible and the Constitution promise, the state will simply wither away. In its place will be a country so suffused with God and the free market that the social fabric of the last hundred years -- schools, Social Security, welfare -- will be privatized or simply done away with. There will be no abortions; sex will be confined to heterosexual marriage. Men will lead families, mothers will tend children, and big business and the church will take care of all.
Bill Frist gave this guy a plum seat on the Judiciary Committee. Senator John McCain praised Brownback as the man who derailed Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination (Brownback attacked her because she was not solidly anti-abortion). Pat Robertson and the retired Jesse Helms support and praise this man. The Christian Right has already lined up behind this man as their candidate. He probably won't get the Republican nomination. Probably. He already has a hell of a lot of influence.
Hello America. You're getting what you asked for.