Warrantless Eavesdropping Ruled Unconstitutional

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A federal judge dealt a blow to the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, ruling Thursday that the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit against the program was filed on behalf of a group of journalists, attorneys and scholars by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who argued that their conversations with clients and sources in the Middle East and other areas targeted in the Bush administration's so-called war on terror.

NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg talks with Alex Chadwick about the decision, where the judge ruled the Bush administration could not circumvent existing laws or create new laws to pursue suspects.



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