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The issue of the Bush administration’s method of collecting intelligence without warrants — particularly through wiretapping — snuck back into our news (and into our hearts) with yesterday’s federal court ruling that those warrantless wiretaps were not, strictly speaking, legal.

The ruling has inspired people with Internet access everywhere to weigh in on the topic, as if anyone cared what anyone else thought about it. The only opinion that matters belongs to Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who, for fulfilling her obligations to the country and the constitution, is now a target of much vitriol.

To Wit: A BusinessWeek.com reader named “blackhawk” writes: “Great job Carter judge. Buy a steel collar for your neck. You’ll need it when the terrorists slice off our necks. What a sham.”

Well, “blackhawk” is absolutely right. A steel collar for the judge’s neck will absolutely provide the kind of protection necessary to the judge when the terrorists come to “slice off our necks,” because the collar around the neck prevents necks from being sliced off. Bravo, blackhawk! And yes, if a sham could do that, it would be “quite a sham,” as blackhawk — again correctly — notes.

The thing is, while so many of the people who are frustrated by this rogue justice’s ruling believe that the president of the United States should, under certain circumstances, have the right to tap wires or whatever, the judge basically agrees with that.

The issue has to do with whether or not the president gets a warrant first.

Because we all know that bad people are saying bad things on the phone. It’s just a question of using the protocols that have already been set in place, and, if they don’t work, revising them so that they do.

The judge is just trying to remind the president that, just because he may not like to get warrants because they take so very long (72 hours, but you can also get one retroactively in emergency cases — it’s paperwork), that doesn’t mean he can just claim “executive privilege” and do it Rove style, without wearing a warrant.

At least until the laws change.

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