I am appalled by the recent appeals court ruling preventing citizens from challenging potentially unconstitutional behavior by the government (7/7, A-2, "Spying suit rejected; Judges say plaintiffs lack standing to sue without proof they were monitored"). If allowed to stand, it jeopardizes the value of Constitution upon which our government is based and which the president swore to uphold.
In ruling that the parties filing the suit don't have legal standing since the government declared the evidence a secret, the court has allowed the government to do nearly anything it calls a secret. That is frighteningly similar to the tactics of totalitarian regimes.
While our government must be allowed to ferret out terrorism and other (true) threats to national security, it must operate within constitutional boundaries, using powers obtained through the due process of law. Congress must provide the president with adequate powers and the president must act within the bounds of the law and the Constitution.
Although I hope the current administration has good intentions, many of its actions have been declared unconstitutional and received sharp rebukes by the courts. Thus, while the secret details about efforts like the national surveillance program should not be made public, it is critically important that the key concepts receive a proper adjudication by the court.