Which side are they on? One small example: this program evidently uncovered evidence that 20 Iraqis — identified as “Osama’s people” — were offering money to be smuggled across the border from Mexico into the United States. Would CAIR and the ACLU prefer that they cross the border unhindered?
“Groups Sue to Stop Domestic Spying Program,” from AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
NEW YORK – Federal lawsuits were filed Tuesday seeking to halt President Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program, calling it an “illegal and unconstitutional program” of electronic eavesdropping on American citizens.
The lawsuits accusing Bush of exceeding his constitutional powers were filed in federal court in New York by the Center for Constitutional Rights and in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The New York suit, filed on behalf of the center and individuals, names Bush, the head of the National Security Agency, and the heads of the other major security agencies, challenging the NSA’s surveillance of persons within the United States without judicial approval or statutory authorization.
It asked a judge to stop Bush and government agencies from conducting warrantless surveillance of communications in the United States.
The Detroit suit, which also names the NSA, was filed by the ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greenpeace and several individuals.