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Expanded powers hold up on appeal

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posted on Nov, 18 2002 @ 01:23 PM

Secret Court Says U.S. Has Broad Wiretap Powers

By Deborah Charles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A special, secretive appeals court on Monday said the U.S. government has the right to use expanded powers to wiretap terrorism suspects under a law adopted by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The ruling was seen as a setback for civil libertarians who have said the expanded powers, which allow greater leeway in conducting electronic surveillance and in using information obtained from the wiretaps and searches, jeopardize constitutional rights.

Perhaps using my real name for this website wasn't such a good idea afte rall.

[Edited on 18-11-2002 by William]

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