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American Civil Liberties Union LogoAnna Diggs Taylor, a United States District federal judge in Detroit, Michigan has ruled that wiretaps on telephones without a warrent is "unconstitutional" and that any of those wire taps "must be halted immediately."

Defendants assert that they cannot defend this case without the exposure of state secrets. This court disagrees. The Bush Administration has repeatedly told the general public that there is a valid basis in law for the [Terrorist Surveillance Program]. Further, Defendants have contended that the President has the authority under the AUMF and the Constitution to authorize the continued use of the TSP.


Defendants have supported these arguments without revealing or relying on any classified information," said Taylor in a statement. Taylor also said that the tapping violates "the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution, privacy and free speech."

In 2001, President George W. Bush approved a program that would allow the U.S. government to tap some calls to monitor possible terrorist activiy.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the lawsuit.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
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