The day after the Senate slaps the 4th Amendment in the face, its defenders immediately challenge the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act. The Nation and the ACLU have filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Here’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, explaining the suit on her blog:

Specifically, we cite the work of our regular contributors Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein in our filing. Hedges, in his reporting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called war on terror regularly communicates with sources in countries like Palestine, Iran, Syria and Sudan. Klein, in her essential critique of the extension of radical free-market capitalism and the resurgence of imperial militarism, routinely communicates with journalists, political activists, human rights campaigners in the Middle East, South America, and around the world. Sadly, we believe that the communications critical to their reporting could and would be monitored under the FISA Amendments Act. Certainly scores of other journalists would shoulder the same risk.

We are proud, then, to join with other patriots who understand the government’s legitimate interest in protecting the nation against terrorism can be fulfilled without sacrificing the constitutional liberties that make the US worth defending.

God bless the ACLU. God bless the nation, and God bless The Nation. And to honor them, I hereby post something my friend Pete once sent me that never fails to stiffen my spine.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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