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The best news I’ve heard in some time

NSA eavesdropping was illegal, judge says

In the strongest legal repudiation yet of the George W. Bush administration’s program of warrantless wiretapping, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency acted illegally by eavesdropping on the phone conversations of two American lawyers and an Islamic charity.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker said that the lawyers and the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation — plaintiffs in a high-profile lawsuit challenging the now-abandoned Terrorist Surveillance Program — are entitled to damages because of the government’s actions.

Well, that’s a breath of fresh air. Legal precedents are nice and all, but it remains to be seen as to whether this will really be upheld or simply create a black-hole of wiretapping paperwork (i.e. they keep doing it, just without making the requests or reporting anything). Of course, that’s probably always been the case to some extent. Most likely, the way I see it (which means, well, squat), is they simply can’t continue or commence any insanely large operations anymore.

The whole idea of domestic surveillance really brings out the necessity for tin-foil hats in me.

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