US judge rules wiretaps illegal

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A US programme to tap some phones without warrants is unconstitutional, and must be halted at once, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled.
The scheme, approved by President George W Bush in 2001, involves tapping conversations between some callers in the US and people in other countries.

Civil liberties campaigners brought the case against the programme, which was uncovered by the US media.

The White House said the scheme was legal and it would seek an appeal.

Spokesman Tony Snow said the programme was "firmly grounded in law and regularly reviewed to make sure steps are taken to protect civil liberties."

"We couldn't disagree more with this ruling, and the justice department will seek an immediate stay of the opinion and appeal," he said in a statement.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5260892.stm
 
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They'll probably be granted leave to continue the program pending an appeal. I'd be very surprised if this didn't end up in the Supreme Court- probably in 2 years or so- just as the members of Bush Administration are packing up their stuff to move out of the White House and to get ready for The Rapture.
 
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As far as I can see, this judgement only refers to the NRA. All Bush the Befuddled and his corrupt and bent cronies have to do is reroute their activities through any number of their other murky agencies and Robert is your mom's bro! This certainly won't stop them.

I've always wondered what would happen if all the big Septic cheeses suddenly found out that their phones were tapped and all their gaffs bugged. I bet even the death penalty would be considered much too mild for the culprits!

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crabtastic said:
just as the members of Bush Administration are packing up their stuff to move out of the White House and to get ready for The Rapture.
oh that made me laugh... :clap:

am glad that this 'policy' has been nipped in the bud, but as has been stated they will find some way around it.

This - http://www.aclu.org/pizza/ - is somewhat tenuously related but I have always been very amused by this 'flash' from the ACLU... it's a bit tongue in cheek, but it serves to give you pause to think about where the 'big brother' information laden society is heading...
 
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Dogface said:
Pompey_Jock said:
am glad that this 'policy' has been nipped in the bud, but as has been stated they will find some way around it.
Nipped in the bud? A stay was granted immediately through appeal.
ah well, I must have forgotten to remove my rose-tinted glasses for that one, maybe I skimmed over the reading too much.

still, knew they would find some work-around for it...after all G W Shrub isnt going to let something like a constitution and the idea of a 'seperation of powers' get in the way of his masterplan.
 

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