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Friday, June 05, 2009

Judge Rejects Obama DOJ Argument in Islamic Warrantless Wiretapping Case

A federal judge rejected the U.S. government's argument that it was immune from prosecution on national security grounds in a lawsuit by an Islamic charity that claims it was the victim of warrantless wiretapping.

Though District Judge Vaughn Walker delayed any final decision on the case until September at the earliest, he told the attorney for the U.S. branch of the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation to draft a motion that would be used to rule against the U.S. government in the case.

Al-Haramain attorney Jon Eisenberg said after a one-hour court hearing that he intends to use the case to challenge the use of warrantless wiretapping carried out under former president George W. Bush, and to question why the administration of President Barack Obama has refused to change course in this case.


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