Federal judge declares NSA warrantless wiretapping illegal
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A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's use of warrantless surveillance is illegal. US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday in a case based in Oregon that the NSA illegally eavesdropped on two lawyers and an Islamic Charity in 2004. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, states that the government must obtain a search warrant before monitoring domestic calls and electronic communication. But Obama has continued the Bush Administration's argument that key documents in surveillance cases should not be released due to state secret privilege.
To discuss the latest ruling, we're joined by Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a public interest group that specializes in Internet civil liberties issues.