Terrorists File Suit Over Eavesdropping
Thanks to RM for sending this interesting piece from the Washington Post today.
It appears that a few Al Qaeda members with links to Chechen terrorist groups and the big guy, OBL, have filed suit against the US claiming that government officials listened in on their conversations.
Really, what can you say to that?
It’s articles like this that just leave you speechless. I am still trying to figure out if the Washington Post is actually spinning this as a bad thing?
Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by President Bush’s secret eavesdropping program, according to the organization’s lawsuit and a source familiar with the case.
The al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi organization that once operated in Portland, Ore., filed a description of classified government records in a lawsuit Tuesday and immediately asked a judge for a private review.
According to a source familiar with the case, the records indicate that the National Security Agency intercepted several conversations in March and April 2004 between al-Haramain’s director, who was in Saudi Arabia, and two U.S. citizens in Washington who were working as lawyers for the organization.
The government intercepted the conversations without court permission and in violation of the law, al-Haramain asserts in its lawsuit…
…The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control froze the foundation’s U.S. assets in February 2004, pending an investigation, and designated it a terrorist organization in September 2004, citing ties to Osama bin Laden. Al-Haramain was indicted in February 2005 on charges of conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with a scheme to funnel money to Chechen fighters. The charges were later dropped because the Oregon branch of the organization had shut down.
The lawsuit contends that al-Buthe’s conversations with people in the United States were illegally intercepted.
This is what your democratic party is riled up about. The inhumanity of it all! How could the eeevil Mr. Bush do such a thing to poor Chechen and Saudi fighters living in pup tents and caves! How are they supposed to fight the infidels? Certainly a democrat like Barbara Boxer or Russ Feingold can put a stop to this! Is there no stopping Mr. Bushitler McChimpyKatrinaburton?