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Breaking: Supreme Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps


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Blue
- 4137 days ago - rawstory.com
Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Bush administration's domestic spying program. However, the justices' decision Tuesday included no comment explaining why they turned down the appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union.



   

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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 8:24 am
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Bush administration's domestic spying program. However, the justices' decision Tuesday included no comment explaining why they turned down the appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wanted the court to allow a lawsuit by the group and individuals over the warrantless wiretapping program. An appeals court dismissed the suit because the plaintiffs cannot prove their communications have been monitored.

The government has refused to turn over information about the closely guarded program that could reveal who has been under surveillance.

Developing...

(with wire reports)

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 8:26 am
Itís all about Liability protection

BUSH: Failure to act would harm our ability to monitor new terrorist activities, and could re-open dangerous gaps in our intelligence.

NPR: Mr. McConnell, the Bush administration says that if the Protect America Act isnít made permanent, it will tie your hands, intelligence hands, especially when it comes to new threats. But isnít it true that any surveillance underway does not expire, even if this law isnít renewed by tomorrow?

MCCONNELL: Well, Renee itís a very complex issue. Itís true that some of the authorities would carry over to the period they were established for one year. That would put us into the August, September time-frame. However, thatís not the real issue. The issue is liability protection for the private sector.

The fearmongers of the GOP base have been saying weíll all die if the PAA isnít extended and now you have McConnell saying itís all about the poor Telecoms. I think we have our answer.


 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 8:26 am
Corporations before people and civil/human rights . . . Bu$h has put our country in the bu$ine$$ of war!
 

Victoria Chapman (53)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 9:23 am
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety... Famous words I continue to repeat and shout loudly to any ears that may hear. I hope when the general election comes full force in this great nation that people consider the best candidate to balance the Supreme Court to be in line with the Constitution and rights of "We The People" versus "Big Business, Little You". The current Supreme Court Appointees has decimated the rights of individuals who fight for our freedoms for the almighty dollar. How much more will it take before we have another revolution and take back our freedoms? The telecom companies clearly violated the rights of subscribers and are in breach of contract. They should have to be held accountable for the consequences of their actions. The possibilities of further violations in the future as a result of this include doctor/patient, lawyer/client relations and much more ground open to future potential.
 

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 10:05 am
The worst terrorists are right there in OUR White House - but hey, at least the war on the middle class is going well.....
 

Connie Volkman (7)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 10:07 am
"We The People" can have a larger impact on government than most citizens realize. Presently, it appears to only look like "We vs. Them," but I think with work and perserverence we can make CHANGE take place. Change that needs to take place. The people are more powerful than they realize. Those that live under a rock or live with what I like to cal the"baa-baa" attitude, think that the current Supreme Court Appointees and the Bush administration will take "care" of them and that THEY know better. War and corporations are running this country (into the ground). Day by day our freedoms are being removed. Big Business is more important than YOU? We are loosing our civil rights people...right before our eyes. Get out of that easy chair and say something, NOW!!!!!!!
 

Kim K (314)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 10:50 am
The very sight of that mans face makes my skin crawl ~ Noted, thank you Blue Bunting ~ Love ~n ~ Light Kim
 

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 11:50 am
November 4, election Day, can't possibly arrive soon enough!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 2:29 pm
Why Democrats Must Choose Obama Make no mistake, Mr Obama is a once-in-a-generation possibility.
 
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