August 17, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Judge Halts Warrantless Wiretapping Program

As reported by the AP, "A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it." The ACLU brought this lawsuit after the spying program was first disclosed.

Read the judge's decision and injunction order.

This is a huge victory in the fight to stop the government's massive and illegal surveillance. This ruling deals with the so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program."

EFF has sued AT&T for its role in the NSA's illegal spying, which we allege goes beyond what the President has directly admitted. Last month, Judge Walker rejected the government's motion to dismiss based on state secrets, along with AT&T's motion to dismiss, and allowed the case to go forward.

Donate to support our case against AT&T, and tell Congress now to stop the surveillance bills.

We've posted some quotes from the decision beneath the fold.

  • "[T]he court finds Defendants' argument that they cannot defend this case without the use of classified information to be disingenuous and without merit."
  • "It was never the intent of the Framers to give the President such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights."
  • "Our constitution was drafted by founders and ratified by a people who still held in vivid memory the image of King George III and his General Warrants.... These secret authorization orders must ... fall."

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