WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING BARRED….Breaking news on the NSA’s domestic spying program:

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

Obviously this will be appealed, and may soon be made moot by new legislation in any case. But it’s still encouraging that at least a few judges can still make sensible rulings these days.

UPDATE: Further analysis here.