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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:57 AM
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In Final Legal Act, Bush Appeals Spy Ruling
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 10:58 AM by tekisui
Source: Wired

With a mere 64 minutes left in its last full day in office, the Bush administration asked a federal judge to stay enforcement of a ruling that would keep alive a lawsuit which tests whether the president can bypass the Congress and eavesdrop on Americans without warrants.

The request was lodged with U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco at 10:56 p.m. EST on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday -- about 13 hours before the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The filing was among now former President George W. Bush's final legal acts in office.

The Bush administration asked Walker's permission to appeal his Jan. 5 decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Walker had ruled that "sufficient facts" exist that two U.S.-based lawyers for an Islamic charity might have been spied upon for the case to proceed to the next stage.

The case seeks the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program the president approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Congress authorized the spy program last year as part of legislation immunizing participating telecommunication companies from lawsuits accusing them of violating their customers' civil liberties, but the spying in this case allegedly happened in 2004. Eric Holder, the incoming U.S. attorney, said the Obama administration supported the spy legislation and would defend it in a separate challenge.

On Monday, the Bush administration sought to prevent the disclosure of a Top Secret document at the center of a closely watched spy case, a document Walker ruled could be admitted.

more: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/in-final-legal...
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:05 AM
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1. Fucking constitutional protections until the last breath: the epitome of defying the oath of
office to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States and thereby royally fucking all Americans. :P
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:35 AM
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2. Fuck Bush
That shit stain on humanity is gone.
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