Monday, June 12, 2006
NSA Spying Lawsuit May Go Forward
Oh my God, it looks like we have a .

DETROIT - Critics of the government's domestic surveillance program claim it violates the rights of free speech and privacy. The Bush administration says it is necessary and legal. Both sides were due in court Monday to argue the constitutionality of the program. The American Civil Liberties Union has asked for an immediate halt to the warrantless wiretapping program.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was to hear the case brought by the ACLU against the National Security Agency. The Bush administration has asked Taylor to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the litigation would jeopardize state secrets.

But Taylor said she would first hear arguments on the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, despite the government's assertion that no court can consider the issues.

I’m not holding my breath, but it’s nice to see that someone realizes the President can’t simply declare something legal and not have it challenged -- pesky separation of powers.

I doubt anyone will cooperate with this trial, if it actually goes to trial, but this is at least the first step. Now, perhaps the Executive will realize that the Judiciary will not be like Congress, and simply accept their declarations. There has to be some accountability for the illegal spying program, and we all know it isn’t going to come from Specter, RINO or not.

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