Justice Department Appeals Ruling on Warrantless Wiretapping

AP, August 18, 2006 10:55 AM ET
DETROIT The Justice Department launched an appeal within hours of a federal judge’s ruling that, for the first time, struck down President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to privacy and free speech. The judge on Thursday ordered an immediate halt to the program, but the government said it would request a stay during the appeals process, arguing that the secret surveillance program is crucial to stopping terrorists. More (offsite link)…