Saturday, February 28, 2009

Obama Trying to Continue Bush Style Spying

Bid to End Wiretap Suit Is Rejected

The Associated Press
Published February 27, 2009

The Obama administration has lost its argument that the state secrets privilege is a good enough reason to stop a lawsuit over the government’s program of wiretapping without warrants. A federal appeals court in San Francisco has rejected the Justice Department’s request for an emergency stay. The Obama administration, like the Bush administration, claimed national security would be compromised if a lawsuit brought by the American chapter of an Islamic charity was allowed to proceed. The case was brought by the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a defunct charity with a chapter in Oregon.