Court Temporarily OKs Domestic Spying
Report; Posted on: 2006-10-05 13:09:39
by Dan Sewell
CINCINNATI - The Bush administration can continue its warrantless surveillance program while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The president has said the program is needed in the war on terrorism; opponents argue it oversteps constitutional boundaries on free speech, privacy and executive powers.
The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave little explanation for the decision. In the three-paragraph ruling, judges said that they balanced the likelihood an appeal would succeed, the potential damage to both sides and the public interest.
The Bush administration applauded the decision.
The program monitors international phone calls and e-mails to or from the United States involving people the government suspects have "terrorist links." A secret court has been set up to grant warrants for such surveillance, but the government says it can't always wait for a court to take action.
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