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Obama Channels Cheney
The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Posted on 03/06/2009 11:54:16 PM PST by Scanian

The Obama Administration this week released its predecessor's post-9/11 legal memoranda in the name of "transparency," producing another round of feel-good Bush criticism. Anyone interested in President Obama's actual executive-power policies, however, should look at his position on warrantless wiretapping. Dick Cheney must be smiling.

In a federal lawsuit, the Obama legal team is arguing that judges lack the authority to enforce their own rulings in classified matters of national security. The standoff concerns the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi Arabian charity that was shut down in 2004 on evidence that it was financing al Qaeda. Al-Haramain sued the Bush Administration in 2005, claiming it had been illegally wiretapped.

At the heart of Al-Haramain's case is a classified document that it says proves that the alleged eavesdropping was not authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. That record was inadvertently disclosed after Al-Haramain was designated as a terrorist organization; the Bush Administration declared such documents state secrets after their existence became

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TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhogwot; bush; cheney; counterterrorism; fisa; obama; terrorism

1 posted on 03/06/2009 11:54:16 PM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Digg it

The liberals on Digg are having an existential conniption fit.

2 posted on 03/08/2009 7:46:18 PM PDT by kanawa (Trust in God and hunker down, we're in for a ride on the Crazy Train)
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