Warrantless surveillance upheld
TRNS – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, reputedly the nation’s most liberal appellate review body, reversed a judge who awarded damages to the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation because the federal government did not obtain a warrant before intercepting the group’s telephone calls.
In effect, the appeals court said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act did not require a warrant to eavesdrop on communications into and out of the U.S. by persons suspected of having ties to al Qaeda or other terrorist networks. The case implicated several telecommunications companies whose liability for damages was vacated by an act of Congress.
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