posted on Apr, 1 2010 @ 03:50 AM
Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal
Am I reading this wrong??? A Federal Judge seriously is going against the Obama administration?! WOW!
WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal,
rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President
George W. Bush.
Read the full article here
Not only is this awesome but check this out (from the article):
In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic
surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers representing it in 2004.
Declaring that the plaintiffs had been “subjected to unlawful surveillance,” the judge said the government was liable to pay them damages.
I know it says OPINION but still, Judge Walker is saying that the federal govt. should pay for damages done to the plaintiff because of their unlawful
surveillance. That is just amazing, I hope more judges act on things like this!
It would be even better if this actually passed - as in the guy who was illegally spied on gets paid and the government officials involved in the case
(including those who created it in the first place) are taken down! I hope this sparks something, it was in the NY Times by the way so a lot of
people more than likely saw this.
Maybe now more than ever people will start to realize the Patriot Act had nothing to do with being "a patriot." And yes, before someone tries to
correct me, I know that this article is talking about the government violating a statute from 1978 but it still goes alongside with the Patriot Act
which takes away our rights and freedoms (which is exactly what happened in this instance).
[edit on 1/4/2010 by highlyoriginal]