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Federal court finds warrantless eavesdropping unconstitutional

Hot off the presses:

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

Glenn Greenwald is tracking and analyzing the issue and has updated several times. He includes links to both the opinion and the injunction.

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  1. I’m very happy to see this ruling, and disappointed by the Administration’s response. They and they supporters talk like there is no legal way to easedrop on real terror suspects. There is, and it’s called FISA.

    If the ruling gets upheld, I hope to see fines and jail time meted out. FISA is a criminal statute and the Admistration knowingly threw it out the window.

    Hopefully today is day one of accountability.

    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

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