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NSA's Warrantless Surveillance Program Ruled Illegal
Thursday, August 17, 2006 - reddit
There have been a couple of critical developments in the War on Liberty. A District Judge in Detroit has declared the United States warrantless surveillance program being run out of the NSA to be illegal, and ordered its immediate shutdown. This comes after a panel of judges decided to consolidate most similar cases into the trial already underway in District Judge Vaughn Walker's courtroom in San Fancisco. Walker has recently denied the governments motion to dismiss the case on the claim that it would reveal state secrets, and endanger national security.
This didn't come as much of a surprise, though. The Constitution and wiretapping law is very clear on the issue of what requires a warrant, and what doesn't. FISA allows the government to do much of what it wants to already, and even allows them to do it something like 70 days in advance of actually seeking the warrant. For reasons unknown (other than believing the President is above the law, which ours has made equally clear that he does) the government believes it just doesn't need a warrant. The judicial branch in two cases has now firmly disagreed. (AP)
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