Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bush Signs Spy Bill, ACLU Sues

Ryan Singel writes on Threat Level:

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday over a controversial wiretapping law, challenging the constitutionality of the expanded spy powers Congress granted to the president on Wednesday.

The federal lawsuit was filed with the court just hours after Bush signed the bill into law.

The ACLU is suing on behalf of journalist and human rights groups, asking the court put a halt to Congress's legalization of Bush's formerly secret warrantless wiretapping program. The ACLU contends [.pdf] the expanded spying power violates the Constitution's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

More here.


At Thu Jul 10, 11:04:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the unlikely event that the ACLU wins, does this also mean telco amnesty goes out the window? Just wondering...

At Mon Jul 14, 10:41:00 AM PDT, Blogger XenoPhage said...

I would love to know why nothing is being done to Bush with respect to the illegal warrantless wiretapping. If it were legal, the FISA amendment would not be needed. The mere existence of "amnesty" in that bill is a pretty clear giveaway that what Bush did was illegal.


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