[Marxism] Judge to consider spy arguments

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Thu Aug 17 05:38:37 MDT 2006


	
Judge to consider spy arguments


Judge Anna Diggs Taylor	
By Sarah Karush
Associated Press Writer

DETROIT - A federal judge said July 10 that she would begin considering
whether to allow a legal challenge to proceed against President Bush's
warrantless domestic surveillance program. 

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit gave no indication of when
she would rule. 

On July 10, Taylor heard arguments about the government's motion to dismiss
the case on grounds that litigating it would require revealing state
secrets. 

It was the second hearing in the case before Taylor, who also heard
arguments on June 12. 

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the
National Security Agency. The ACLU is asking for an immediate halt to the
program, arguing that it violates the rights to free speech and privacy. 

The government argues that the program is well within the president's
authority, but proving that would require revealing state secrets. 

The ACLU says the state-secrets argument is irrelevant because the Bush
administration already has publicly revealed enough information about the
program for Taylor to rule. 

The White House has acknowledged eavesdropping on Americans' international
communications without first seeking court approval. Bush has said the
eavesdropping is legal because of a congressional resolution passed after
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that authorized him to use force in the fight
against terrorism. 

The ACLU's clients include journalists, scholars and lawyers, who say the
program has hampered their ability to do their jobs because it has made
international contacts wary of sharing information over the phone. 


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