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Federal judge orders halt to NSA spy program, rules it unconstitutional

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 17, 2006

In the first federal challenge ever argued against the Bush
administration's NSA spying program, U.S. District Court Judge Anna
Diggs Taylor rules that the program to monitor the phone calls and
e-mails of millions of Americans without warrants is unconstitutional.
Calling for a halt to this abuse of presidential power, Judge Taylor
states that “[t]here are no hereditary Kings in America and no powers
not created by the Constitution,” so all the president's “inherent
powers” must derive from the Constitution.

Just announced!  From the ACLU website.  Read the decision from the courts (PDF)Here's the CNN story.

UPDATE:  A Banner across the top on CNN.com reads: The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will appeal a
federal judge's ruling that the government's warrantless wiretapping
program is unconstitutional.
  Guess the fights moves on.

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