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November 16, 2007

Islamic “Charity” Loses Suit Over Domestic “Spying”

The kicker? It was the ultra-liberal, often overturned 9th Circuit that issued the ruling.

A federal appeals court dealt a near-fatal blow Friday to an Islamic charity's lawsuit alleging federal investigators illegally wiretapped it, saying a key piece of evidence the charity planned to use is a protected state secret.

A top secret call log that the Treasury Department accidentally turned over to the now-defunct U.S. arm of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation's lawyers can't be used as evidence, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Al-Haramain, which the U.S. government labeled a terrorist organization, alleged it had been wiretapped by the Bush administration without a warrant. But without the call log, the court said, the foundation has little proof it was wiretapped.

Technically, the case is still alive but this apparently was a big win for the governement.

More on the decision and what it means over at Patterico’s.


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