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Warrantless-Wiretap Win Nets Victims a Paltry $40K

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A federal judge on Tuesday awarded $20,400 each to two American lawyers illegally wiretapped by the George W. Bush administration, and granted their counsel $2.5 million for the costs litigating the case for more than four years.

It was the first and likely only lawsuit in which there was a ruling against the former administration’s secret National Security Agency surveillance program adopted in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Although U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker had called it “unlawful surveillance,” (.pdf) the judge went soft on the government because the authorities, he said, believed they were protecting the country in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.


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Comment by Lucky Red
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Here's the kicker on this, the government engages in illegal behavior with taxpayer dollars against the taxpayers.  They get caught redhanded.  They're tried, again, with taxpayer dollars.  They lose (as well they should) and are made to pay the victims...with taxpayer dollars.


No matter what ever the government does, good, bad or indifferent, we the taxpayers pay for it all.  Having said that, good for that judge and good for the victim.  It's great to see this happen, still, in a thoroughly corrupted nation with an equally corrupted judiciary.  Now, let's get back to letting Big Brother spying on us.  What the heck!

Comment by Iapetus
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 That is still more than $625,000 a year for litigating just one case while the victims got a measly $20,400. Our judicial system is broken, severely broken. How is it that a jury is supposed to decide the guilt or innocence of the accused but the Judge (another attorney) decides how much money the parties should get, generally favoring the attorneys? This system has got to change. The attorneys will of course tell us "it's the greatest system on earth", yet pretty much the whole world laughs at our system for being so unjust. We have 25% of the worlds prison population incarcerated and every human action requires some form of governmental approval and fee. The Judiciary has literally usurped most of the Constitution and is continuing to promote greater and greater levels of fascism.     


Comment by Ross Wolf
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Obama wants to curtail the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments including allowing the FBI warrant-less wiretapping of all Americans’ electronic communications including no warrant searches of Internet Activity and emails. No doubt that will make Citizens afraid to communicate by phone or email and worry, someone might say something inappropriate during a phone call or send email that will cause their arrest if they don't report it to police. Police too easily can take an innocent person’s hastily written email, fax or phone call out of context to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause an arrest or asset forfeiture. Under Obama’s no warrant proposal anything said on a phone or in an email can be used by government against someone in a trial or civil proceeding, e.g. an asset forfeiture proceeding, the latter requiring only a civil preponderance of evidence to forfeit property, little more than hearsay.