Wednesday, February 20, 2008

US Supreme Court reject ACLU challenge to Bush wiretapping

The US Supreme Court has reportedly rejected the ACLU's appeal to hear its challenge to the Bush administration's mass domestic spying program. They gave no reasons for the decision but the Appeals Court had previously rejected the challenge because the plaintiffs could not prove their communications had been monitored.

Given the ACLU had evidence, as I recall, from an AT&T engineer who witnesses the installation and operation of the wiretapping equipment at a central exchange the decision would have been very narrowly construed. It might be interesting to see what might happen if the plaintiffs could produce someone who could demonstrate they had been spied upon.

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