And considering the reason for dropping said lawsuit is to keep from exposing ongoing intelligence work, it’s plainly obvious that wireless wiretapping is continuing under Obama.
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Same as the old boss.Story from AP:
Obama administration: Toss wiretap lawsuit
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder says a lawsuit in San Francisco over warrantless wiretapping threatens to expose ongoing intelligence work and must be thrown out.
In making the argument, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration’s position on the case but insists it came to the decision differently. A civil liberties group criticized the move Friday as a retreat from promises President Barack Obama made as a candidate.
Holder’s effort to stop the lawsuit marks the first time the administration has tried to invoke the state secrets privilege under a new policy it launched last month designed to make such a legal argument more difficult.
Under the state secrets privilege, the government can have a lawsuit dismissed if hearing the case would jeopardize national security.
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