Detroit Judge Strikes Down Bush Wiretap Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal judge in Detroit ruled today that the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the National Security Agency. The ACLU had argued that the domestic surveillance program violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

The government argued that the program is well within the president's authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.

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