August 8th, 2012
03:10 AM ET

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit over warrantless wiretap program

By Bill Mears

A one-time American-based Islamic group cannot sue the government over claims it was targeted by the government's once-secret Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal court has ruled.

The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously tossed out a lawsuit by the now-closed Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation. The federal government had listed the Ashland, Oregon, chapter as a supporter of terrorism in 2004.

The group sued, saying its private overseas communications were unconstitutionally being monitored under the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program. That spy program was unveiled in a 2005 New York Times article that said government officials were working with private telecom companies to secretly monitor telephone and e-mail traffic of targeted individuals and groups, both domestic and international.

Federal officials later publicly acknowledged the existence of the program, which was then officially authorized by Congress in 2008.

"This case effectively brings to an end the plaintiffs' ongoing attempts to hold the Executive Branch responsible for intercepting telephone conversations without judicial authorization," said the appeals court.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. bjkjghk

    or corporate america...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  2. bjkjghk

    just like communist china...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  3. quarkk

    So, precedence for wiretaps on ANYBODY............

    August 8, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply

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