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Meet Anna Diggs Taylor

She's the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in eastern Michigan who could "alter the war on terror" any day now with a ruling on the ACLU's suit to strike down the Bush administration's NSA surveillance program. The Detroit Free Press runs a lengthy and interesting profile on Taylor playing up the importance of her decision before coming to this rather anticlimactic conclusion:

But even if Taylor harpoons the spying program, experts said, the decision likely would be overturned by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Given the composition of the 6th Circuit and its previous rulings in related areas, it seems more likely to favor national security over civil liberties if that issue is squarely presented," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. "And that's what this case is all about."