Judge to Justice Dept: Hand Over the Warrantless Wiretapping Memos
A federal judge has ruled that the Justice Dept. must produce the memos that put a legal shine on the Bush Administration's 4th Amendment-violating domestic spying program. This is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by civil liberties and privacy advocates; Justice Kennedy will review the memos privately and decide what can be made public, and what is protected by attorney-client privilege.
A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memos that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program.
U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. signed an order Friday requiring the department to produce the memos by the White House legal counsel's office by Nov. 17. He said he will review the memos in private to determine if any information can be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege or jeopardizing national security.