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By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
Wiretap Cases Withstanding DOJ Challenges
First the opinion was attacked, and then the attacks focused on the judge. But U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s Aug. 17 decision in American Civil Liberties Union, et al. v. National Security Agency, et al. (E.D. Mich., No. 06-CV-10204), which declared the Bush Administration’s “terrorist surveillance program” illegal on statutory, First Amendment, and Fourth Amendment grounds, is considered a blow to the wiretap program.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is a plaintiff in the suit. Other plaintiffs include the Michigan ACLU, the national and Michigan offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Greenpeace. Individual plaintiffs include journalist Christopher Hitchens and James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, an exposé of the NSA; and NACDL members Nancy Hollander, William Swor and Joshua Dratel, who have active terrorism-related cases. Taylor cited their declarations filed with the complaint as evid
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