Friday, February 17, 2006

NSA Wiretapping

With the Republican majority in Congress about to cave in to White House pressure NOT to hold hearings on the legality of the NSA wirtetapping, plain old American citizens have to put our hope and trust in the courts to stop this unconstitutional practice.

American Progress (click here to connect to their web site) reports...

IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW: "There was one setback, however, to the administration's efforts to keep tight wraps on the NSA operation. Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to turn over its internal documents and legal opinions about the program within 20 days -- or explain its reasons for refusing." Federal Judge Harry Kennedy issued his ruling in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "President Bush has invited meaningful debate about the warrantless surveillance program," Kennedy wrote, alluding to comments Bush has made at news conferences and speeches acknowledging public disagreement about domestic spying. "That can only occur if DOJ processes its requests in a timely fashion and releases the information sought." In another development, the New York Times writes that "lawyers for a Kentucky man prepared to bring a federal civil rights lawsuit on Friday against President Bush to have the surveillance declared illegal and unconstitutional."

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