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.
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