Skip to comments.Judge orders NSA spy papers released
Posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:39 AM PST by hipaatwo
A federal judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration on its warrantless surveillance program, ordering the Justice Department on Thursday to release documents about the highly classified effort within 20 days or compile a list of what it is withholding.
U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy said a private group will suffer irreparable harm if the documents it has been seeking since December are not processed promptly under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Justice Department failed to meet the time restraints under FOIA and failed to make a case that it was impractical to deal quickly with the request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said no determination has been made as to what the government's next step will be.
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Does national security mean anything to these people? I mean, the Federal government does have a responsibility to see that its citizens don't get killed by terrorists.
That was the same thing I wondered...the name ROSE just kinda stuck out, didn't it??
Federal Judges officially back Al Queda and should be impeached.
no private party is "harmed" by this program. rubbish. rubbish!!!!
That was President Jackson.
Couldn't they have just sent Sandy Berger in to steal the documents?
The case doesn't stand for the proposition of WHAT is to be released, only WHEN. Plenty of FOIA requests are answered with a "we can't tell you that."
Have we released all the papers on the Kennedy assassination, which were being held out of sensitivity to the family?
This is a separation of powers issue.
They should never have appeared in court in the first place. It only made it seem as if the court were the arbiter.
The proper answer would be:
"John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it."
It should be noted that in the case Jackson was reffering to (a broken treaty with indians) he was in the wrong. I hate when people cite that quote as a symbol of anything poisitive.
thanks for the correction.
We've found another Al-Qaeda cell and it is, again, in our judicial system.
From the decision:
In response to this news, EPIC submitted four FOIA requests that same day to four DOJ
componentsthe Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), and the Office of Legal Policy (OLP)citing the New York Times article and requesting records from September 11, 2001 to the present concerning a presidential order or directive authorizing the National Security Agency (NSA), or any other component of the intelligence community, to conduct domestic surveillance without the prior authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
EPIC specifically sought the following items:
(1) an audit of NSA domestic surveillance activities;
(2) guidance or a checklist to help decide whether probable cause exists to monitor an individuals communications;
(3) communications concerning the use of information obtained through NSA domestic surveillance as the basis for DOJ surveillance applications to the FISC;
(4) legal memoranda, opinions or statements concerning increased domestic surveillance, including one authored by John C. Yoo shortly after September 11, 2001 discussing the potential for warrantless use of enhanced electronic surveillance techniques.
No reference to 'who' would be harmed, just implied, I guess, that it is in the publics interest since that's what FOIA requests are about.