facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Court upholds some warrantless wiretaps

Jan. 15, 2009 at 4:37 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A special U.S. intelligence court panel, in an unusual move Thursday, issued a public ruling upholding warrantless wiretapping in some circumstances.

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said that in national security interests "of the highest order of magnitude" outweigh the right to individual privacy, The Washington Post said. The decision only applies in cases where the primary purpose of the interception of e-mails or telephone calls is to collect foreign intelligence.

"Our decision recognizes that where the government has instituted several layers of serviceable safeguards to protect individuals against unwarranted harms and to minimize incidental intrusions, its efforts to protect national security should not be frustrated by the courts," the chief judge, Bruce Selya, wrote in a 29-page opinion.

The case involved an unnamed telecommunications company that refused a government request in 2007 for surveillance. The company eventually complied under an order from Judge Reggie Walton, sitting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but appealed his decision.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
4
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
5
Sarah Palin defends family's involvement in drunken party brawl Sarah Palin defends family's involvement in drunken party brawl
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback