President-elect Barack Obama dismayed civil liberties groups last summer when he voted to authorize President Bush's clandestine wiretapping program after publicly denouncing it...

A lawyer for the customers, Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said their case differs from Al-Haramain's but comes down to the same argument: that the president can't unilaterally authorize spying on Americans.

If the new administration wants to take a different course, she said, "we certainly hope that they'll come talk to us" about a settlement.

Monday, January 19, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle

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