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Our Govt Spying On Us-The NSA Snooped on Lawyers and they KNEW the spying was illegal
 


10 July 2007 at 2:31:05 PM
salon

Wrote about this the other day after disgustedly reading that an appeals court dismissed the NSA spying case, which is secret, because THOSE plaintiffs couldn't prove that they were being spied upon, because Bush is keeping it all secret, and thus, to the court, they had no standing. Well, the plaintiffs in THIS case do have standing but the time frame interlock with when John Ashcroft was in the hospital adds some extra pique.

The government's surveillance of two attorneys challenging the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of Americans took place partly during a period in which the top secret program operated without the approval of the Bush administration's own Justice Department, according to a newly filed court document.

The lawsuit, known as al-Haramain vs. United States, is the only one of more than 50 challenges to the program where the plaintiffs claim to have proof that they were the targets of the warrantless spying, based on a top secret document that had been briefly provided to them in a government paperwork snafu.

For that reason, the lawsuit was already seen as the most resistant to government efforts to protect the program. The allegation that some of the surveillance took place when the program wasn't authorized by the Justice Department may further complicate the government's defense.

"Part of our surveillance occurred when the Attorney General advised the president that the program was illegal," says plaintiff attorney Jon Eisenberg. "That deprives them of the defense they didn't know it was illegal."

According to Congressional testimony taken earlier this year, on March 10th, 2004, top Justice Department lawyers and White House officials held a tense showdown over the NSA spying program at the bedside of then-attorney general John Ashcroft in an intensive care unit. Ashcroft's resolve left the president's program without the Justice Department's stamp of approval for about two weeks, as the White House scrambled to tweak the program to meet Ashcroft's demands.

Attorneys in the al-Haramain case say the plaintiffs were spied on in March and April of 2004, during a period that encompassed that two week interregnum.

Just amazing. So, no wonder the Mob Alberto Gonzales and Andy Card ran in their late night visit to Ashcroft who was in intensive care to get him to sign off on the illegal spying. He wouldn't do it, Comey wouldn't do it, they said it was not LEGAL. Now, I don't know if they were specifically talking about THIS case, but one wonders... because the NSA continued to spy on these guys anyway.


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