Monday, April 06, 2009

Obama supports warrantless wiretapping

Wow, it seems that some people just can't let go of all the executive power that was claimed by the Bush White House. Here's the RawStory article about Obama's Justice Department moving to dismiss a lawsuit dealing with warrantless wiretapping on the idea that the companies have immunity granted by Congress and that FISA essentially exempts the U.S. government from oversight of wiretapping:

"President Barack Obama invoked "state secrets" to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed.

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The Friday brief involves a lawsuit filed by the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is suing the NSA for the wiretapping program. The agency monitored the telephone calls and emails of thousands of people within the United States without a court's approval in an effort to thwart terrorist attacks.

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The Justice Department also holds that the lawsuit can't proceed because of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They assert that the US government has "sovereign immunity" against statutory claims that it illegally wiretapped or accessed communications data."

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