NSA Eavesdropping Ruled Unconstitutional (updated)

by Devanshu Mehta

This is fantastic news- a federal judge ruled today that the “NSA eavesdropping program is unconstitutional”:http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/17/domesticspying.lawsuit.ap/index.html in the case that the ACLU brought against it. The government contended that it was within the President’s authority, and the details were state secrets but the judge did not buy it. The ACLU argument was that the President had already admitted the program and the publicly available information was sufficient for the judge to rule on.

The judge ordered an immediate halt to the program.

*UPDATE*:
* A “pdf of the judge’s ruling”:http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2006/images/08/17/nsa.lawsuit.pdf
* A quote from the judge:

Judge Taylor states that “[t]here are no hereditary Kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution,” so all the president’s “inherent powers” must derive from the Constitution.

*UPDATE #2*
* Attorney General Gonzales “says he will appeal”:http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/17/domesticspying.lawsuit/index.html to a higher court. “Contribute to the ACLU”:http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FJ_donationhome to keep up the good fight.

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