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By Owen Paine on Wednesday April 8, 2009 05:29 PM


Obama Administration Quietly Expands Bush's Legal Defense of Warrantless Wiretapping

In a legal filing on Friday, Obama lawyers claimed the government is shielded from lawsuits by a 'sovereign immunity' clause in the Patriot Act.

In a stunning defense of President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, President Barack Obama has broadened the government's legal argument for immunizing his Administration and government agencies from lawsuits surrounding the National Security Agency's eavesdropping efforts.

In fact... the Obama Administration has gone beyond any previous legal claims put forth by former President Bush....

For the first time, the Obama Administration's brief contends that government agencies cannot be sued for wiretapping American citizens even if there was intentional violation of U.S. law....

"[B]eyond even the outrageously broad 'state secrets' privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and -- even if what they're doing is blatantly illegal and they know it's illegal -- you are barred from suing them unless they 'willfully disclose' to the public what they have learned," [Salon columnist Glen] Greenwald wrote Monday....

Comments (2)


if you noticed both by subject and manner
this seering probe into the darkest reaches
of the unitary orthrian heart
in a word
are correct

father smiff cast this upon the waters
from his very own seed bag

why he atributed it to me ???

no doubt
--perhaps undisclose-able---
secrets of the inner sanctuuuuum


Naah, I was just hoping to attract some comments.

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