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rrl308
11-02-2008, 04:33 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Bush administration must give to a federal court documents related to government wiretapping of domestic communications without a warrant after the September 11 attacks, according to a recent court order.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy signed the order on Friday requiring the U.S. Justice Department to provide the court for private review certain documents that were sought in lawsuits filed by the civil liberties groups.

Kennedy ordered the administration to provide the documents from the White House Office of Legal Counsel by November 17, and said he will review them in private to see if their release would endanger national security.

The department argued that it was serving as the attorney for the administration and thus attorney-client privilege would allow it to keep classified information from public viewing, but Kennedy said its arguments were too vague.

"The attorney-client privilege is not necessarily the means for protecting this information," the order said. "Without more information, the court cannot conclude that the attorney-client privilege applies."

Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman, said: "We're reviewing the opinion and will respond appropriately in court."

(Reporting by John Poirier, editing by Jackie Frank)

whoman69
11-02-2008, 05:41 PM
Most likely not a page will be given over, or if they are they will be heavily blacked out for national security purposes. This president does not believe the law applies to him.

Jenson71
11-02-2008, 09:40 PM
"We have executive immunity!"

Dave Lane
11-02-2008, 09:47 PM
Like this will happen :)

Chiefshrink
11-02-2008, 10:05 PM
Purely a political stunt by the Dems, just like the Casper Weinberger indictment.

Jenson71
11-02-2008, 10:09 PM
Purely a political stunt by the Dems, just like the Casper Weinberger indictment.

"The rule of law is not absolute! We must protect the executive's absolute power!"

penchief
11-03-2008, 06:48 AM
Purely a political stunt by the Dems, just like the Casper Weinberger indictment.

You don't believe in government transparency or checks and balances at all, do you?

Why should the president be able to do whatever he wants even when it breaks the law and then not be accountable? There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to make sure that this kind of shit never happens again.

How do you think those American citizens who were spied on during phone sex feel about warrantless wire tapping?

Dave Lane
11-03-2008, 09:32 AM
You don't believe in government transparency or checks and balances at all, do you?


Unless he's a democrat!!