In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR WELCOMES RULING ON NSA WIRETAPS
Muslim plaintiff calls decision a ‘victory for the Constitution’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a ruling by a federal judge in Michigan that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor struck down the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program, saying it violates freedom of speech and privacy rights. She also ruled that the wiretapping violates the separation of powers doctrine mandated by the Constitution and ordered an immediate halt to the program.
SEE: Judge: Wiretap Program Unconstitutional (AP)
The bipartisan lawsuit, filed in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), alleged that the NSA surveillance program violates the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution and the constitutional separation of powers because it was authorized by President Bush in excess of his executive authority. It also sought a court order to bring the program to an end.
Plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit included CAIR, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, award-winning author James Bamford, Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, author Christopher Hitchens, American Prospect Senior Editor Tara McKelvey, and Barnett Rubin, a senior fellow at the New York University Center on International Cooperation.
“This ruling is a victory for the Constitution and for all Americans who value freedom of speech and the right to privacy,” said CAIR National Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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