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Friday, July 21, 2006

It's Been a Privilege 

As I was dark yesterday, I neglected to mention the exciting news that Judge Vaughn Walker (that's "Walker" as in "George Walker Bush" - he's reportedly the Empty Flight Suit's cousin!) of the US District Court for the Northern District of California did a very good thing:
A federal judge rejected on Thursday a request from the head of U.S. intelligence and other government officials to dismiss a lawsuit against AT&T which alleges the firm illegally allowed the government to monitor phone conversations and e-mail communications.

AT&T asked the court in late April to dismiss the case, and two weeks later the U.S. government also asked the federal judge to dismiss it, citing its state secrets privilege.

U.S. director of intelligence John Negroponte told the court in a filing that disclosing the information in the case "could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States."

In a 72-page ruling, Judge Vaughn Walker rejected that request regarding a case that has highlighted the domestic spying program acknowledged by President George W. Bush.

"The very subject matter of this action is hardly a secret," the U.S. District Court for Northern California judge wrote. "Public disclosures by the government and AT&T indicate that AT&T is assisting the government to implement some kind of surveillance program."

"The compromise between liberty and security remains a difficult one," he continued. "But dismissing this case at the outset would sacrifice liberty for no apparent enhancement of security."

This decision will certainly be appealed and the smart (or, perhaps, cynical) money says that it will be reversed. Judge Walker did his homework, however, and wrote a detailed, well-reasoned, 72 page order that the Ninth Circuit will have to treat seriously is it is to reverse.

 

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