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    17 August 2006

    Judge: No Mr. Bush, we are a society of laws

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    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 as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.

    and the government argument?
    The government argued that the program is well within the president's authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.

    The ACLU said the state-secrets argument was irrelevant because the Bush administration had already publicly revealed enough information about the program for Taylor to rule on the case.

    "By holding that even the president is not above the law, the court has done its duty," said Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal director and the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

    The NSA had no immediate comment on the ruling.

    There you have it. In right-wing world the president's authority is a state secret.

    Posted by Geoff

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