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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:12 PM
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Obama Channels Cheney
From our fiends at the Wall Street Journal...


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123638765474658467.html

The Obama Administration this week released its predecessor's post-9/11 legal memoranda in the name of "transparency," producing another round of feel-good Bush criticism. Anyone interested in President Obama's actual executive-power policies, however, should look at his position on warrantless wiretapping. Dick Cheney must be smiling.

In a federal lawsuit, the Obama legal team is arguing that judges lack the authority to enforce their own rulings in classified matters of national security. The standoff concerns the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi Arabian charity that was shut down in 2004 on evidence that it was financing al Qaeda. Al-Haramain sued the Bush Administration in 2005, claiming it had been illegally wiretapped.

At the heart of Al-Haramain's case is a classified document that it says proves that the alleged eavesdropping was not authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. That record was inadvertently disclosed after Al-Haramain was designated as a terrorist organization; the Bush Administration declared such documents state secrets after their existence became known.

In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the President's right to do so, which should have ended the matter. But the San Francisco panel also returned the case to the presiding district court judge, Vaughn Walker, ordering him to decide if FISA pre-empts the state secrets privilege. If he does, Al-Haramain would be allowed to use the document to establish the standing to litigate.

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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 04:25 PM
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2. Was that really Norm Coleman?
looked like he would have been a cool guy in his younger days.
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 04:39 PM
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3. The WSJ suddenly cares about Civil Liberties. lol nt
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 02:40 PM
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4. Seperated at birth.....
Norm Coleman


Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal
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