The Rural Patriot

August 17, 2006

Judge Rules for Immediate Halt to NSA Wiretap Program

Filed under: Bush Administration,U.S. Constitution — theruralpatriot @ 1:11 pm

This is the program that allowed the NSA to wiretap calls to foreign countries if a person connected to it had a loosely defined relationship with Al Qaeda.

DETROIT – A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

“Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution,” Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves secretly taping conversations between people in the U.S. and people in other countries.

This is big news.   I’m very interested to see if the program will be halted and how this administration will react to the ruling.  If you were an employee who is performing the wiretaps, would you immediately stop performing the task?  I curious to see how this is going to be handled.

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