Some things to note about yesterday's court ruling.
- It was made by a fairly liberal federal district court judge, and it will be appealed (presumably to the Supreme Court if need be). While even having it declared unconstitutional at this level is a surprising turn of events, the decision could be reversed (and probably will be at least once before all is said and done).
- During the appeals process, a stay has been put in place that allows the program to continue operating. The next hearing on the matter will be held September 7.
- When asked yesterday about what impact this ruling what have on the efforts of Senator Specter to pass a bill submitting the program to the FISA court for a ruling on its constitutionality, AG Gonzales said that he still didn't think that bill was necessary.