Saturday, August 22, 2009

OBAMA ADMIN URGES DISMISSAL OF SUIT AGAINST UNCONSTITUTIONAL WIRETAPPING

David Kravets, Wired - The Obama administration is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit weighing whether a sitting U.S. president may lawfully create a spying program to eavesdrop on Americans' electronic communications without warrants or congressional authorization. The nearly 5-year-old case, having a tortured procedural history, is the furthest along in challenging the Bush administration's warrantless, Terror Surveillance Program adopted in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks. . . It was the fourth time the government moved to dismiss the case. . . In July 2008, Bush signed legislation authorizing the type of surveillance at issue in this case – allowing the warrantless monitoring of Americans' electronic communications if they are communicating overseas with somebody the government believes is linked to terrorism. Then-Sen. Barrack Obama, now president, voted for that legislation, which also immunized the nation's telecommunication companies from lawsuits charging them with being complicit with the Bush administration's warrantless, wiretapping program.

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