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Govt ordered to release wiretapping documents

November 4, 2008 by  

Bush must release documents related to a civil liberties lawsuitThe Bush administration has been ordered by a U.S. district judge to release documents relating to its warrantless wiretapping program.

Following the September 11th 2001 attacks, the government gave the National Security Agency permission to engage in telephone surveillance of suspected terrorists without first obtaining a warrant.

Civil liberties groups have since filed a lawsuit against the NSA, Bush and other members of his administration related to the program.

On Friday, Judge Henry Kennedy said that the government must hand over the documents by November 17th, after which he will review them to determine whether they could be made public without endangering national security.

Commenting on the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg told the Associated Press that the prospect of making the papers public was "a common sense matter."

"It’s an important decision because up to this point the judge has relied on the government’s assertion that it has done everything properly under the law and that it has disclosed everything it needs to disclose," he added.

Last month, the National Research Council released a report calling for the government to ensure it is takes measures to protect privacy and civil liberties before implementing any surveillance program.

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  • kathryn coombs

    how about all the voter fraud that just took place yesterday to vote in a communist president ???  Never would I have thought that the highest office in the US could have been bought …. President Bush was doing in his best decision for the security of this country …

  • patty

    My husband and I were blogging on ABC News yesterday about Obama and all our posts have been deleted. What happened to freedom of speech. They were not mean and we did not use filthy language in the blogs we just stated some facts!!!

  • patty

    Kathryn coombs,

    I agree, it was a disgrace how he won.  It has lowered the standards of our right to vote for ever.  We are so disgusted, people don’t even know the reason they voted for him.  We are terribly worried.

  • Shauna Crater

    Obama won because a lot of black people voted for him and they don’t even know what he stands up for. They just voted for him because they wanted to make History, not because of his political views.


    hi mr president george w.bush,
    good afternoon to you all as against the wire tapping record and analytical development of all african government sabotaging the united states we are all ready in a war with this terrorist nation called nigeria, why will they call the internet industry one of their government industry where they sabotage and enslave vitually all i have enery known working for the united states of america, we are embattled with the so called terrorist group now in nigeria called boko haram, whose real name is jamaatui ahlus sunaa lid daawatis jihad who kills pregnant women , school children and industrious men, we need the pentagons help ,
    i will like the distinguished members of congress to delibrate on this nation or i will like to sue this democracy….
    thank you congress


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