In One Eye
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Here's the latest on a story I've been following for a while.
Connecticut libraries lost an emergency Supreme Court appeal on Friday in their effort to be freed from a gag order and participate in a congressional debate over the Patriot Act.While I wish the Supremes had stepped right in and stopped this fascistic nonsense, all doesn't necessarily appear to be lost.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denied the appeal and offered an unusually detailed explanation of her decision. She said the American Civil Liberties Union had made reasonable arguments on behalf of its client.So it looks as if the Supremes would rather this case play itself out with the proper procedure before they take it up--if, indeed they have to. (Who am I kidding? If the Appeals Court rules against the Bushies, they'll certainly appeal.)
At any rate, I'm pleased that at least one justice is on record as stating that "the American Civil Liberties Union had made reasonable arguments on behalf of its [librarian] client."
I just find it hard to believe that the First Amendment shouldn't apply to librarians.